, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 1143-1146
Date: 02 Apr 2009

Anonymous nuclear markers for cetacean species

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Here we report the development and characterization of 17 anonymous nuclear markers for cetacean species. These markers were isolated from a genomic library built from a common dolphin (genus Delphinus), and tested across several families within Cetacea. An average of 1 SNP per 272 bp was found in 10 anonymous markers screened for polymorphism within the genus Delphinus (total of 6,537 bp sequenced). These markers represent a significant addition to the set of tools used in genetic studies of cetaceans where population and species boundaries have to be inferred in order to implement proper conservation strategies.