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New lab allows for Asian Carp testing in Onalaska

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—U.S. Fish and Wildlife Resource Center on Lester Avenue in Onalaska dedicated its new genetics lab this afternoon.

They broke ground last summer and moved into the new offices in November.

They'll use the lab to test environmental DNA for early detection of Asian Carp.

There are multiple rooms in the lab so they can separate every step of the DNA testing process to prevent contamination.

Water samples will be sent in to the Onalaska lab from all of the great lakes and Chicago Area Waterway.

Before this lab, the Army Corps of Engineers tested water samples, so the new lab allows the us Fish and Wildlife Service to handle the testing.

"It's still going to be a frantic sampling pace but we're going to have a lot less stress from reduced contamination issues and enough space for all the samples to be handled in a timely fashion," Emy Monroe, Molecular Geneticist, Fish and Wildlife Service said.

US Fish and Wildlife Service invested more than a million dollars for new equipment in the center.

The money came from the Great Lakes Restorative Initiative Funds.

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