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Experiments in crowdfunding

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UC San Diego graduate student Alex Piel is studying the family dynamics and habitats of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s savanna. The research requires tracking animals, retrieving fecal samples and then testing to confirm genetic links.

It does not come cheap.

So after tapping traditional funding help from UC and other sources, Piel and Fiona Stewart, his wife and collaborator, recently decided to try their luck on the Internet. They posted a description of their project and an appeal to the public…

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