Indian Inventors Discover Wildlife Identification Universal Primer

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 7, 2006 — Sunil Kumar Verma and Lalji Singh, both of Hyderabad, India, have discovered a universal primer pair for amplifying a fragment of cytochrome b gene of an animal species in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: “The invention provides novel universal primers that can amplify the fragment of cytochrome b gene of any animal species in PCR and reveal the identity of the biological material of any unknown animal origin and a method for identification of the specific animal from a given biological sample.”

The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,141,364 on Nov. 28.

The patent has been assigned to Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi, India. …

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December 7, 2006