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Should human eDNA be treated as 'abandoned' DNA?

ENVIRONMENTAL DNA (eDNA) ANALYSIS: Whereas CV-19 threw us into a world of e-greetings and e-meetings - the new kid on the e-block is eDNA - environmental DNA analysis, a rapidly advancing field with immense potential in conservation and ecology. eDNA involves studying genetic information from environmental samples to understand species distributions and genotypes in ecosystems. While eDNA research offers valuable insights, it also raises ethical concerns, especially when it involves the analysis of human DNA from environmental samples and the information that could be derived from it.This raises an important question: "Should human eDNA be treated as 'abandoned' DNA, similar to how forensic samples are handled?". We invite you to explore the topic further and look forward to your feedback!


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