DNA barcoding is making news around the world, with the most recent articles collected below.
Study: DNA barcoding can ID natural health products
Sep 19 2012: DNA barcoding developed by University of Guelph researchers has proven up to 88 per cent effective in authenticating natural health products, according to a new U of G study. The study appears in the latest issue ofFood Research International. It's a crucial finding because the health product industry is under-regulated worldwide and mislabelling poses economic, health, legal and environmental implications, says study author Mehrdad Hajibabaei.
DNA barcoding: The hi-tech fight against fake food
Sep 10 2012: From mislabeled meat to fake fur, a global industry has thrived for centuries by supplying shops and markets with fraudulent products. Is DNA barcoding the answer?
DNA identification of rays for fisheries management and conservation
Sep 7 2012: A STUDY by Charles Darwin University and UWA Oceans Institute provides the first application of DNA-barcoding to tropical rays.
DNA sleuth to help Brazil catch loggers
Sep 2 2012: IT SOUNDS like a job for the detectives of CSI: Amazon. Swathes of Brazil’s fragile rainforest are being devastated by a burgeoning trade in illegal logging but a lack of evidence means the criminals are never caught.
DNA barcodes next step in fighting crime
Aug 20 2012: COUNTERFEITERS, cattle rustlers, terrorists and drug cartels are all potential targets for DNA barcode technology to be commercially launched soon by Adelaide company GeneWorks, managers say.
Creating a digital menagerie
Jun 28 2012: NEON technicians will collect and identify countless insect specimens over the lifetime of the observatory. To put it into perspective, during a short prototype collection at one site over three weeks using 20 traps, we collected close to 400 ground beetles. Now imagine 40 traps collecting insects at 60 sites for several months every year for 3 decades, not to mention the mosquito sampling that often produces several thousands of specimens from a single night of trapping! This volume of sampling will mean a tremendous amount of valuable data, but it also presents a significant challenge for maintaining accurate species IDs.
Feeding the Future: DNA barcodes for seafood
Jun 19 2012: High-priced fish are often mislabeled – sometimes accidentally, sometimes not – David Schindel says. DNA barcoding will ensure quality and authenticity in the fish you eat.
Barcoding Insects To Control Them
Apr 5 2012: Mention barcodes and it often brings to mind the sales tags and scanners found in supermarkets and other stores. But Agricultural Research Service scientists are using “DNA barcodes” in their search for ways to control and monitor insects that pose the greatest threats to crops as diverse as wheat, barley, and potatoes.
Scientists look for aliens in the Western Cape
Apr 4 2012: The university's project leader Michelle van der Bank said recording the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of alien species was a step in tackling their invasion and spread.
CDC expands testing of confiscated 'bush meat' for viruses
Jan 15 2012: Smuggled animal parts could carry disease, health officials say.