Tools & Techniques

These stories are about the tools and techniques used to study dolphins.

Using X-Rays to Estimate Dolphin Age

2020-10-28T15:47:08+00:00

X-ray images (radiographs) of human hands have been used for decades as a method of confirming age by examining the predictable chronological changes occurring to the growth plates of each bone. We wanted to know if using X-rays of dolphin flippers could provide the same information. The goal is to establish a non-invasive method of determining

Using X-Rays to Estimate Dolphin Age2020-10-28T15:47:08+00:00

The Bottlenose Epigenetic Aging Tool (BEAT)

2020-10-27T15:22:58+00:00

We're working to create a Bottlenose Epigenetic Aging Tool (BEAT) that will allow us to use small skin samples to determine the age of dolphins. First, what is epigenetics? These are various modifications and molecules that occur on or interact with DNA to influence gene activity and phenotype without changing the DNA sequence. Epigenetic changes

The Bottlenose Epigenetic Aging Tool (BEAT)2020-10-27T15:22:58+00:00
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