Sunday, 29 April 2018

New DNA screening reveals whose blood the vampire bat is drinking



Date:  April 20, 2018
Source:  Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen

Summary:
The vampire bat prefers to feed on domestic animals such as cows and pigs. When it does so, there is a risk of transmission of pathogens. Now, a new study describes a new DNA method to efficiently screen many vampire bat blood meal and fecal samples with a high success rate and thereby determine which animals the vampire bats have fed on blood from.
     

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