Science - May 10, 2012

Dissection day

Government funding cuts have put Alterra's otter research on the back burner.

But there is still enough money to dissect otter road victims, as Dennis Lammerstsma is doing here in the dissection room at Alterra. Friday is dissection day. This young male was run over in the North-east Polder. His head was shattered. Lammertsma is taking samples of fat, DNA, the liver and the kidneys for further research. Every month at least one otter meets its end on Dutch roads.

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