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Sponges collect penguin, seal, and fish DNA from the water they filter

03 / 06 / 2019, Science Daily

Scientists report that sponges, which can filter 10,000 liters of water daily, catch DNA in their tissues as they filter-feed. This proof-of-concept study identified fish, seal, and penguin DNA in sponges from the Antarctic and Mediterranean, demonstrating that sponges can be used to monitor biodiversity.

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