Rebecca Mowry in her MU lab

August 24, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
University of Missouri master's degree candidate Rebecca Mowry holds an electrophoresis gel rig in her lab in Tucker Hall. Mowry is conducting research to gauge Missouri's river otter population by extracting DNA from samples of otter scat.

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