CSIR-Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) had developed DNA barcoding technology.
In March 2001, Verma and Singh invented the “Universal primer technology” to address the question pertaining to establishment of the identity of any unknown biological sample and assign it to its known species source (Verma and Singh, US and PCT Patent application No: PCT/IN01/00055, First Filling Date: 28/03/2001; Priority date: 28/03/2001).
This technology worked across large range of animal species in a universal manner and was able to detect any of the endangered species of India (and that of entire world indeed), from birds to fishes to mammals to provide “beyond a reasonable doubt” evidence on species identity in the court of law. Patent related to this invention was filed in several countries and the research papers were published in various journals. This technique of CSIR-CCMB revalorized the arena of Wildlife Forensics. It is currently being used routinely in LaCONES of CSIR-CCMB to provide the wildlife forensics services to the Nation in the cases pertaining to wildlife crime.
CCMB is self reliant in this aspect with advanced technology
This was stated by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.