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      NCCOS scientists necropsy pygmy killer whales to determine the cause of death. The forensics
      program specializes in DNA-based species identification of samples ranging in quality from
      fresh tissue to bone, baleen, dried fins, cooked meat, eggs, and trace evidence such as blood
      spatter, fish slime, or medicinal ingredients.
NCCOS scientists necropsy pygmy killer whales to determine the cause of death. The forensics program specializes in DNA-based species identification of samples ranging in quality from fresh tissue to bone, baleen, dried fins, cooked meat, eggs, and trace evidence such as blood spatter, fish slime, or medicinal ingredients.

The purpose of the internal National Ocean Service's (NOS) Coastal Science Board is to advise the Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and provide assistance to NCCOS in establishing and addressing priorities for coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes resource management science, as well as in identifying current and future science and research requirements in support of NOS Program Offices, associated stakeholders, and statutory mandates.

The Board serves as a forum to strengthen internal connections between NOS Programs resulting in better service to NOS constituents and greater support of NOAA's mission. The Board consists of members from almost every Program Office within NOS as well as the NOS Deputy Administrator, the NOS Chief Science Advisor, the Director of NCCOS, the NOAA Coastal Goal lead.