Conservation Genetics

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 69–72 | Cite as

Shark fishing in fin soup

  • A.R. Hoelzel


Shark DNA extracted from products used in trade(e.g. soup and dried fins) was amplified usingPCR. A strategy is described that permits theidentification of amplified material to species(for mtDNA Cytb and NADH2 loci) and thespecies-specific amplification of basking sharkDNA from mixed templates (for the Cytb locus). These methods will be useful for forensicapplications to govern trade in these heavilyexploited species.

elasmobranch forensics mtDNA 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • A.R. Hoelzel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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