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Decoding Shark DNA


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Decoding Shark DNA

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Sharks are a critical part of the ocean ecosystem - their presence is an important indicator of the health of the sea wherever they are. But shark populations worldwide are severely threatened due to over exploitation and unregulated fisheries. In the Red Sea, there is a lack of information on the abundance and diversity of sharks which is crucially needed in order to protect them. On the Red Sea Decade Expedition, KAUST scientist Sofia Frappi had a cutting edge new way to assess the abundance of sharks by using traces of their DNA left in the sediment of the seabed. This allows for extensive biodiversity surveys in order to implement effective measures and plans for protection of these endangered species.

 

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