Bushmeat DNA Blast Assignment
Backstory: Imagine you are working with conservationists in Cameroon. You want to
help them identify potential poachers and help them to enforce local poaching laws. You
need to identify which vendors are selling the poached meat but it is in pieces and hard to
identify the species by sight- what do you do?
Sample #A62498: Sitatunga
Sample #B77342: African Porcupine
Sample #C79942: Olive baboon
Sample #C80217: African Bush Elephant
Sample #C90034: Drill
Sample #D51210: Western Mountain Gorilla
Sample #G34176: Pruess's Monkey
Sample #G54358: Greater cane cat
Sample #H64991: Western Red Colobus
Sample #I38722: Peter's Duker
Sample #K28831: Jentink's Duiker
Sample #N51683: Bongo
Conclusion: Why is it important to know the genome of an organism? How does it help
us to identify endangered and threatened species?
It's important to know the meat you eat since people can't know the difference and tell what the species could be. By taking a sample of DNA of the meat you are knowing the genome and the name shows up. By getting this information this is helping us determine if the meat was endangered or threatened . Also how we could help out the animals by making them safer.