Skin secretion sampling methodology?

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Anyone familiar with dermal secretion sampling techniques for newts?

I suspect swabs may be the right way, but I wonder if a small tissue sample is also necessitous.

My thesis finally was approved today and I now have access to a entire range of testing I have never had before.

(Without going into too much detail at this time, The results of this project will be a comprehensive analysis of an under-documented species.)

I am having difficulty finding concrete instruction on the procedure.

If there are publications you could direct me to I would be forever grateful. To date I have had no luck in finding caudate specific methods. I suspect that given the nature of this species undocumented toxin(s), dermal swabs as used with certain frogs may not provide reliable samples.

In short, I am trying to save money by "getting it right the first time".


As always, any or all advice is appreciated.
 

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BINGO!


Thank you!

This is exactly the sort of thing I have been trying to find for weeks now. (Actually, I'm shocked I didn't with all the digging I have been doing!)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
 
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I probably sound like the amateur turned undergrad that I am, but if anyone has any interest in this sort of research, I suggest you read the paper Jackson provided.

Sometimes one can't see the forest for the trees, and in this case a fresh set of eyes did the trick.
 

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I'm flattered. lol But really i'm the amature here! Happy to help.

And I think I know the species you're going to study.:p
 

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Aye, it is obvious isn't it?


The good news is I have all sorts of testing lined up to analyze the toxin.

I am waiting for a few items to show up in the mail so I can start harvesting and prepping samples for Raman, FTIR, chromatography and spectrography.

I'm excited to find out what this stuff is as I can speak from experience, it makes me sicker than a dog very quickly, just by smelling it.
 

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Very interested to hear the results!
 
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