For the first time in
genetic IDs, thanks to an unique DNA database initiative of
the state government.
The Forest department, with the technical support of the
Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology (RGCB) here, has
prepared the DNA database of all the registered captive jumbos
across the state.
The database would act as an authentic record and data
tosettle any kind of disputeregardingthe peculiarities and
ownership of jumbos, the department officials said.
It is also expected to address the illegal trade, forgery
of ownership certificates and othermalpractices related to
captive jumbos,an official statement said here.
The DNA profiling of as many as 519 elephants, registered
with the department, has been completed.
have prepared the DNA-based genetic ID of its entire captive
jumbo population, it said.
As part of the initiative, the forest department had
collected the blood samples of tuskers based on which theRGCB
experts had prepared the DNA fingerprint of each elephant
using theMicro-satelliteMarker technique.
"The Department is now planning to develop a mobile app
to make use of the information available in the database," the
From now onwards, the Forest department would provide
identity cards, with QR codes having DNA details, to the
owners of the captive elephants along with its ownership
certificate, it said.
Director of RGCB, M Radhakrishna Pillai handed over the
project report and the details of the DNA finger prints toP C
Kesavan, Chief Wildlife Warden, at a function here Tuesday.
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