Conservation Biology

Non-invasively isolated DNA from hair and feces as a source for obtaining genetic information source , for the purpose of:

  • Colony management of captive primates
  • Genetic characterization of wild-living populations

DNA is often used in molecular biological techniques to answer diverse questions as parentage testing, colony management, forensic and immunologically related research. Hair and feces can serve as material from which DNA can be isolated, so that invasive techniques as drawing blood from an animal can be avoided. BPRC has developed techniques using different microsatellite markers, which allow e. g. to perform parentage typing and to calculate inbreeding coefficients. Other markers can be used to gain information about immunologically important genes. These This informations are is important to define, for example, the resistance or susceptibility against certain diseases and/or the influence of parasites on the genetic repertoire of an endangered primate species.