A worker handles meat at the Doly-Com abattoir in Romania in 2013 when Europe was facing a scandal over incorrectly declared horsemeat. The problem of food fraud and its health and economic implications affect a broad range of foods around the world, but technology could soon end the problem.
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Food fraud is a common problem that technologies such as blockchain and DNA fingerprinting can help to solve.
Using passive eDNA detection, we won’t have to wait until we see massive algae blooms to know lakes are struggling.
By 2167, DNA barcoding scans will lead to weather-style "biodiversity forecasts," enabling us to more easily protect and care for the environment.
Fish leave bits of DNA behind that researchers can collect.
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Animals shed bits of DNA as they go about their lives. A new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samples and seeing whose DNA was present when.
Scientists are pioneering a new way of monitoring water species, using techniques more familiar to fans of crime scene TV shows.