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ILLEGAL TRADE OF ORCHIDS UNCOVERED BY GENETIC DETECTIVE WORK

Traces of DNA in the popular drink salep have revealed widespread illegal trade of wild orchids. By analyzing genetic signatures in commercial products containing plant material, scientists can now precicely determine what species have been used. These new molecular methods are becoming an important tool in conservation efforts for wild plant species. 

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