General News

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


  • 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.

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