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1 June 2012 Evaluating Buccal and Cloacal Swabs for Ease of Collection and Use in Genetic Analyses of Marine Turtles
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Buccal and cloacal swabs have been used for genetic sampling for a variety of reptiles but not for marine turtles to date. We evaluated whether this method offers a simple and quick way to sample cells from live marine turtles in the wild when it is not feasible to obtain blood or skin. Good-quality DNA was obtained for genetic analyses from both buccal and cloacal swabs. Although we recommend blood and skin sampling whenever possible to collect the highest quality DNA, buccal and cloacal swabs do represent a useful alternative for genetic sampling when these preferred methods are not feasible.

Chelonian Research Foundation
Amy K. J. Lanci, Suzanne E. Roden, Amanda Bowman, Erin L. LaCasella, Amy Frey, and Peter H. Dutton "Evaluating Buccal and Cloacal Swabs for Ease of Collection and Use in Genetic Analyses of Marine Turtles," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11(1), 144-148, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0950.1
Received: 29 July 2011; Accepted: 1 December 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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