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WI lab will protect Great Lakes


ONALASKA (WKOW) -- There's a new lab in Wisconsin that will help to protect all of the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Resource Center dedicated the genetics lab in Onalaska Friday.

It broke ground this past summer.

The lab will be used to test environmental DNA for early detection of Asian carp.

Before this center, the Army Corps of Engineers had to do the testing.

"It's going to be a high through put lab and then these clean rooms here that separate every single step of DNA handling from extraction through thermo cycling through detection is really going to help prevent contamination in the laboratory," says molecular geneticist Emy Monroe.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife has put in over $1 million of new equipment into center.

It was paid for with Great Lakes Restorative Initiative funds.

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