Usage of Bioinformatics to Infer Hidden Codes from Wildlife Genetics Research

Bioinformatics has become an essential tool for analyzing and interpreting biological and genetic data. Bioinformatics utilizes computational systems and softwareto combine statistics, mathematics and engineering. CMDN now has afull blown bioinformatics facility that has been analyzing genetic data of various endangered wildlife species, including tiger gut microbiome.

This facility is also carrying out DNA based wildlife forensic investigations to help the Central Investigation Bureau (Nepal Police) to identify and track sources of poachedwildlife parts.

Using cutting-edge DNA meta-barcoding techniques, CMDN is also developing environmental DNA (eDNA) technology to create Nepal’s first genetic database of native fish species.