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Posted by Lester G. Milroy III on June 07, 2002 at 22:51:32:
In Reply to: That sounds all and good Lester but................................. posted by tom greb on June 07, 2002 at 20:59:27:
: Isn't dna testing quite expensive? I doubt that the feds will use it as a tool in the fight. Cripe right now they know of people smuggling Sauromalus varius in from Mexico and do nothing about it. I was told, "yeah we know he is doing it but we not going to do anything about it". Do you really think that they will do something about the horned lizard situation? I am not trying to be a smart a$$ but really enjoy this type of conversation. What is your opinion on this.
:Yes, I know Tom. It is a major problem and it does cost. It would probably be pretty useless to do anything right now. There is a lot of smuggling and poaching going on and it will probably get worse because of the massive amount of profit involved. There will be a time when it becomes a major necessity and the cost will decrease over time. It is just one of those economic "willingness to pay" scenarios.
I do think that DNA work is definitely interesting and will prove invaluable in the not too distant future. I am looking at markers for possible translocation studies into areas of similiar genetic background. Of course, translocation of populations will have to yield much higher success rates and a major decline in failure rates. Failure rates right now are at 93% in translocation studies overall. That is terrible. It almost makes more sence to leave the populations in situ and loose them to development or what ever negative impact is happening to populations. Lester G. Milroy III