A state-of-the-art DNA sequencing facility to boost conservation and assist in the investigation of wildlife crimes was inaugurated at the Centre for Wildlife Forensics and Wildlife Histopathology Laboratory at the Advanced Institute of Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) here. Supriya Sahu, additional chief secretary (environment, climate change and forest) inaugurated the facility during a two-day annual research conference at AIWC.
"This is the first such facility established and run by a state forest department in the country. DNA sequencing has a lot of application areas. For instance, we are implementing Elephant Death Audit Framework and forensics plays a crucial role in bringing a logical conclusion to a case, be it convicting an accused or finding the exact root cause of the death," said Sahu.