DNA Fingerprinting of Pearls and Corals

In collaboration with the Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) we aim to develop DNA fingerprinting techniques of pearls and precious corals. Quasi non-destructive genetic analysis methods with forensic validation have the potential to accurately and sensitively determine the origin of pearls and corals processed for jewelry. These methods will be novel tools to enhance traceability and ultimately the conservation of vulnerable and valuable marine resources.