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Conservation Genetics Laboratory

Analytical charges at the Conservation Genetics Laboratory of SACON:

The Conservation Genetics Laboratory at SACON was established during 2016-17 and is furnished with various equipment to conduct basic molecular analysis on contemporary samples (e.g. tissue, scat, blood, saliva, feathers). The facilities include a 96-well gradient thermocycler with a Mini Satellite System to attach additional machines, PCR workstation, micro-centrifuge (Compact, strip tube and single PCR tube holders, 14,000 rpm), desktop centrifuge (for 24, 1.5-2.0 ml tubes, 14000 rpm, zx non-refrigerated), two sets of micro-pipettes, electrophoresis unit (Horizontal, middle sized with gel bed dimensions of 14 cm * 10 cm), UPS (minimum 2 hour backup, 115 V or 230 V, 50-60 Hz), Transilluminator for visualising agarose gels, three -20oC deep freezers (one vertical 100L capacity and two horizontal (top-lid) with 345L and 500L capacities) for storage of samples, chemicals and DNA.

The purpose of the laboratory is to conduct training courses as well as to process samples from existing field projects, using molecular tools. Examples of research work that could be conducted here include, assignment of scats and pellets to mammalian and avian predators respectively, molecular analysis of feathers for species assignments and analysis for phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies, among others.


Analytical charges for external users are as follows:

Service Cost Remarks
Extraction of DNA Rs. 300/- per sample* Scat/Tissue/Blood
PCR Rs. 250/ – per sample* per run For samples that require several genes to be amplified, each amplification will be charged @ Rs. 250/-
Electrophoresis Rs. 100/- per sample* Agarose gel


*Controls/negatives are also included as samples


Dr. Shomita Mukherjee

Principal Scientist, Conservation Biology


Phone: 0422 2203116 (office)