Can Environmental RNA Revolutionize Biodiversity Science?

Affiliation

Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1, Canada. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

The use of environmental RNA (eRNA) for species identification remains unexplored due to the observation that in vitro RNA is much less stable than DNA. However, recent lines of evidence suggest that RNA may be abundantly excreted by organisms and sufficiently persistent in the environment to reconstruct community composition and gene expression.

Keywords

environmental DNA (eDNA),environmental RNA (eRNA),environmental transcriptomics,metabarcoding,molecular markers,second-generation sequencing,

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