General News

DNA barcoding is making news around the world, with the most recent articles collected below.


  • Importer using DNA testing to fight ‘rampant’ seafood labelling fraud Read more:
    Jan 2 2012: The Barcode of Life database contains DNA sequences of nearly 10000 fish species allowing quick identification of many of the world's food fishes, ...
  • DNA Sequencing For Fun And Profit: A Low-Cost Platform For Garage Biotech
    Dec 31 2011: ... a sequencing service to complement its GeneLaser DNA Sequencing Kit, which includes reagents for amplifying target sequences, and DNA Barcoding Kit, ...
  • La via italiana per il codice a barre dei viventi
    Dec 23 2011: È il DNA barcoding , una metodica che si basa sul sequenziamento di particolari geni (tipicamente, nel caso degli animali, una porzione del gene ...
  • FDA Steps Up DNA Testing for Fish Species Verification
    Dec 22 2011: In their identification project, the FDA utilizes Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) followed by DNA sequencing to generate the DNA barcodes for fish species ...
  • Smithsonian research with DNA barcoding is making seafood substitution easier to catch
    Dec 20 2011: An investigation by the Boston Globe in October revealed widespread mislabeling of seafood in Massachusetts: 48 percent of the fish their reporters purchased in restaurants, grocery stores and markets was mislabeled. A similar study in this month’s Consumer Reports reveals that more than 20 percent of fish bought at restaurants and retailers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut was mislabeled or incompletely labeled. Sole and red snapper are species most likely to be substituted for less expensive brands.
  • Toyota adds to COP17
    Dec 14 2011: At a special event hosted by the Economic Development Department (EDD) at COP17 on Friday, 9 December 2011, the South African government extended its gratitude to Toyota SA Motors for the motor manufacturer’s support and assistance during COP17.
  • Restaurant Menus Will Include DNA Barcodes to Verify Fish Species
    Nov 29 2011: Fish specials at your local restaurant may soon come with an extra guarantee of quality and sustainability, as fishmongers start checking the DNA of their wares. The Food and Drug Administration approved DNA barcoding last month, and restaurants are planning to start using it to prove the provenance of their pricey fish, the AP reports.
  • Is Your Dinner Endangered? DNA Detectives Investigate
    Nov 4 2011: In the ongoing campaign to protect endangered animals, forensic investigators can already identify the food on your plate. Now they are working on advanced methods of intercepting even the most carefully disguised contraband - be it tuna, caviar or bushmeat. Their ultimate goal: pinpoint where the goods came from, and stop the hunting of endangered species at the source.
  • The World's Most Amazing Databases: The Encyclopedia of Life
    Oct 31 2011: Four years ago, the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Biodiversity Heritage Library joined together to create a comprehensive collection of data about every living thing on Earth.
  • FDA helps create DNA database for fish
    Aug 29 2011: How do you know the fish you buy is really what it's supposed to be? The answer is often you don't. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to protect consumers using DNA identification. It's a global project, and the Philippines is believed to have more types of fish than almost any place on Earth, so it's a great place to collect specimens. ABC7 News was the only TV station to go there with American researchers working to keep our food safe.

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