New tool in fight against lion poaching

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois have developed groundbreaking software to give the fight against lion poaching “teeth”. 

Called Lion Localizer, the interactive software examines the geographic origin of lions and trafficked lion products, based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. 

The software, which is publicly and freely available, uses a database of mitochondrial DNA sequences obtained from published studies to gain insight into the possible origins of confiscated lion body parts. 

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