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What’s In the Mix? Piles of Pills and Bags of Bones

James Seymour HAILE

There are a number of ongoing projects at the Ancient DNA and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Perth, Australia, that employ a metabarcoding approach and make use of our Ion Torrent and GS Junior platforms. These projects range from dietary analysis (on either faeces or stomach contents) of bats, dugongs, feral pigs, dolphins, penguins, cane toads, cockatoos etc., to paleo-environmental investigations on ancient animal middens and cave sediments.

This presentation will describe two studies. The first is an investigation into the biological and pharmacological constituents of Traditional Chinese Medicines, which reveals some surprise and disconcerting ingredients. The second is a novel technique to rapidly access the biodiversity of large numbers of morphologically uninformative bone fragments. I will also mention how our laboratory deals with issues of potential contamination, and how we are attempting to bioinformatically process the large volumes of data that the next generation sequencing machines output.

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  • BRANDNER Melissa
    • University of Nordland
    • Bodø (Norway)
  • BROCHMANN Christian
    • National Centre for Biosystematics
    • Oslo (Norway)
  • CHARITON Anthony
    • CSIRO Land and Water
    • Lucas Heights NA (Australia)
  • DEAGLE Bruce
    • University of Victoria
    • Victoria (Canada)
  • Eric Coissac
    • LECA
    • Grenoble (France)
  • KASAPIDIS Panagiotis
    • Hellenic Center for Marine Research
    • Irakleion, Crete (Greece)
    • Université de Genève
    • Genève 4 (Switzerland)
  • TABERLET Pierre
    • LECA,
    • Grenoble (France)
    • Centre for GeoGenetics
    • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • ZINGER Lucie
    • IBENS
    • Paris (France)
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