A paper published this week in The Royal Society's journal Biology Letters reveals genetic evidence for the illegal trade of protected whales in Japan, linked to the US and South Korea. An international research team, led by C. Scott Baker at Oregon State University, used mtDNA barcoding techniques to trace the origins of whale meat purchased in restaurants in Los Angeles and Seoul in 2009.

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