Last Friday on 24 August 2018, more than 70 Guardians of the S.E.A.A. members turned up for the third instalment of Science in the S.E.A.A..
Presenting at the event was Dr Giana Gomes, a lecturer at James Cook University Singapore, and an aquaculture veterinarian researcher with 15 years of experience in aquatic animal health.
Dr Gomes explained what DNA is and how environmental DNA (eDNA) research is similar to crime scene investigation.
One application of eDNA was endangered species research, such as finding the last populations of the endangered sawfish. By finding them, scientists can try to stop these species from going extinct.
eDNA is also used to detect microbes before fishes get sick. This is especially applicable and useful in the context of aquaculture and aquariums.
To help attendees better understand eDNA, Dr Gomes conducted a live demonstration of DNA extraction using strawberries.
We have one more session of Science in the S.E.A.A. scheduled for the year so keep a lookout for event details in the coming months.
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