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Genetically Sexing Passerines

posted Feb 4, 2015, 7:19 AM by Kristen Covino   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 7:28 AM ]
Since two of my dissertation study species are sexually monochromatic I need to determine sex by another means. Although sexing birds genetically is nothing new, getting the protocol optimized and working for my species was still a 2-3 month ordeal that I endured during the early stages of my dissertation research. I recently applied the same lab protocol to samples from several other species (just for fun) and made some minor 
adjustments. I now have it working for eight species of Passerine birds! 

I have posted this protocol on my website because in talking with other researchers at various conferences, the challenge of getting a protocol that works has come up from time to time. I hope that by my posting this, I can help other researchers to genetically sex birds (and possibly get cited in any resulting papers). 

You can download this protocol here.

Happy Sexing!