Jayasankar, P and Anoop , B and Rajagopalan, M (2008) PCR-based sex determination of cetaceans and dugong from the Indian seas. Current Science, 94 (11). pp. 1513-1516.
A sex-determination technique based on PCR amplification of genomic DNA extracted from the skin tissue has been standardized in cetaceans and dugong sampled from the Indian seas. A Y-chromosome-specific region (SRY or Sex-determining Y-chromosome gene) of 210–224 bp size in the genome has been amplified (only in males) using specific PCR primers. A fragment of the ZFX/ZFY (zinc finger protein genes located both on the X and Y chromosomes respectively) region in the size range 442–445 bp is also amplified (in both sexes) using another pair of primers simultaneously as positive controls for confirmation of sex. Molecular sexing was standardized in spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris), bridled dolphin (Stenella attenuata), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus), Indo- Pacific humpbacked dolphin (Sousa chinensis), Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides), sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni) and dugong (Dugong dugon), which are all vulnerable/endangered species protected under the Indian Wildlife Act.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||PCR-based sex determination; cetaceans; dugong; Indian seas; vulnerable/endangered species; Conservation; marine mammals|
|Divisions:||CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity|
|Deposited By:||Arun Surendran|
|Deposited On:||26 Oct 2010 15:25|
|Last Modified:||26 Oct 2010 15:25|
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