Exploratory study to obtain DNA barcodes from museum specimens of great apes

Pilot project
Emmanuel Gilissen (RMCA)
JEMU partner: 
Jeroen Van Houdt, Gontran Sonet
Project summary: 
The project aims at establishing a DNA barcoding database for the genus Pan stored in the collections of the RMCA. This project will provide tools to identify specimens, including their origin, in the context of forensic investigations such as illegal wildlife trade and pouching (actions undertaken in the framework of CITES).
Lab work progress: 
DNA extracted from teeth and skins from 5 museum specimens. Specific hominid primers developed for 150bp and 350bp of COI. 5 partial COI DNA sequences obtained.
Starting date: 
Project status: 
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith