Do you use leeches to collect vertebrate eDNA?

This is classic invertebrate-derived DNA (iDNA). While we’ve never directly handled leeches within our immediate lab team, we’ve analysed leech iDNA data before and our co-founder Prof. Douglas Yu has processed over 30,000 leeches in his lab in China in the hunt for a possibly-extinct antelope (Ji et al., 2020)!

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