Greenback Cutthroat Trout

DNA testing helps identify the last true population of the Colorado state fish.


Reestablishing Hornyhead Chubs

eDNA assay helps determine whether historical
hornyhead populations have been restored


Molecular Genetics

We use molecular genetics to solve problems in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology.


Sexing Endangered Komodos

Our qPCR assay lets zoos breeding Komodos sex hatchlings with just one drop of blood.



FAQ and Glossary
Browse our expanded glossary to learn more about molecular genetics. Get answers to common questions in our FAQ.


DNA Testing
Discover the incredible potential of DNA testing in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology.


Curious Cases
Read about projects that were first-of-a-kind, required innovative solutions, involved rare species, and more.


What's next?
What can we help you with? Learn how to initiate a project; find supplies; or collect, preserve, and ship samples.
Lab Tech


Pisces Molecular uses the tools of molecular genetics to engineer solutions to problems in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology.

Since 1997, we’ve been using a variety of these tools to test wildlife samples—160,000 and counting.
We provide sensitive and accurate testing for detecting pathogens, endangered species, and invasive species, determining genetic purity or hybridization, and identifying organisms.


Our first love is problem solving—developing new assays to support researchers and wildlife managers.

For example, we developed:

  • A qPCR assay to determine the sex of Komodo dragons and other monitor lizard species;
  • A new environmental DNA (eDNA) assay for the locally endangered hornyhead chub in Wyoming; and
  • An eDNA assay for phylogenetic population studies of beluga whales.
Lab Tech

Solving Problems in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

    Greenback fish

We Frequently Test For:

  • Whirling Disease (M. cerebralis)
  • Chytrid Fungus (B. dendrobatidis)
  • Ranavirus
  • Hybridization
  • Sex ID (ex. Komodo Dragon)
  • Presence of Endangered Species
  • Presence of Invasive Species (ex. Zebra Mussels, Quagga Mussels, Asian Clams, New Zealand Mud Snails)
  • And More...
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