Developing DNA extraction technology to combat illegal timber trade

This image is a close-up of the histotripsy transducer device, a technique used in the Therapeutic Ultrasound and Noninvasive Therapies Laboratory. Credit: Virginia Tech

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Eli Vlaisavljevich, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, has received a $1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop new technology for rapid extraction of DNA from timber and plant tissue, research that could directly impact the monolithic illegal timber trade and, ultimately, serve to protect our environment.

Illegal timber trade is a global industry estimated to account for $50 billion to $150 billion each year. 

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Source: EurekAlert!

 

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