By Andrea Anderson

Australian researchers
have demonstrated that high-throughput amplicon sequencing can be used to discern the plant and animal ingredients in sometimes-complex traditional Chinese medicine mixtures, pointing to the potential application of such technology for testing other natural remedies or wildlife samples in a regulatory setting.

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