The Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory
Trent’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory is a leader not only in conservation biology, but also the genetic applications of natural resources and DNA forensic science to agriculture and human health issues.
Trent is already well known for its work protecting endangered species such as the North Atlantic Right Whale, Taiwan’s Pink Dolphin, polar bears and other species. Trent has also been a leader in tracking the hybridization and spread of wolves and coyotes throughout North America.
In the agriculture sector, Trent University is a leader in high-yield goat genetics, tracking the distribution of chicken meat, and DNA research on diseases affecting hogs and sheep.
Finally, in the realm of animal-human health impacts, Trent’s DNA work with the Ministry of Natural Resources played a major role in containing the spread of Rabies. Now, the university is beginning to identify research pathways to track and mitigate the increasing spread of tick-borne Lyme disease, which is highly misdiagnosed in Canada, leading to severe health effects for affected individuals.
Philanthropic investments would enable the purchase of new DNA analysis equipment, related computational clusters and vital new research.
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