Oys­ter farm­ers to ben­e­fit from new ge­netic tool

The Oban Times - - News -

OYS­TER farm­ers are set to ben­e­fit from a ge­netic tool that will help pre­vent dis­ease out­breaks and im­prove yields.

The tech­nol­ogy will en­able hatch­eries to as­sess the ge­netic make-up of their oys­ters, so they can se­lect an­i­mals with de­sir­able char­ac­ter­is­tics from which to breed.

Sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh have de­vel­oped a chip loaded with DNA – each car­ry­ing a spe­cific frag­ment of the oys­ter’s ge­netic code.

Us­ing a tiny sam­ple of DNA from each oys­ter, the chip can mea­sure small ge­netic vari­a­tions that are linked to phys­i­cal traits.

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