General News

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


  • Cataloging Life
    Dec 7 2007: Cataloging Life In 2003, scientists proposed a universal animal barcode: a segment of roughly 650 base pairs of a mitochondrial gene. Today, BOB GRANT reports there are more than 300,000 barcode sequences in a central repository. Can this short stretch of DNA conserve biodiversity and keep us safe from poisons?   Bob Grant 2007. The Scientist 21(12)
  • Cracking the Code
    Nov 1 2007: Within a few years anyone—from a park ranger or a biologist in the field to agents at border crossings—will be able to obtain a rapid genetic ID using cells from lizard skin, bird feathers, fish fins, or tufts of fur. 
  • Wanted: A Barocde for Plants
    Oct 12 2007: Four years ago, Paul Hebert wowed researchers at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C., with the results of a pilot study that he said demonstrated a way to distinguish any animal species from any other, using only a short piece of variable DNA.   Pennisi 2007. Science Vol 318 2
  • Name, rank and serial number
    Sep 22 2007: Biologists want to barcode half a million species in the next five years.
  • Africa: DNA Barcodes 'Tackle Disease, Protect Biodiversity'
    Sep 19 2007: DNA 'barcoding' offers rapid and low cost ways to monitor human disease vectors and biodiversity in developing countries, scientists told a conference this week.   Eva Aguilar 2007. (London)

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