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


  • Expedition nets 10 000 plus species
    Oct 25 2010: They had hoped to collect around 1 500 species on their groundbreaking DNA expedition to South Africa’s biodiversity hotspots – but they came home with thousands more.
  • DNA Barcodes Could Help Conservation and Food Safety
    Oct 21 2010: The International Barcode of Life Project has a far-reaching mission – to build a digital library for all life on Earth.The scientists involved are compiling a database of DNA samples from as many different plants and animals as they can find. [[Video]]
  • Dr David Schindel, Executive Secretary, Consortium for the Barcode of Life
    Oct 1 2010: Organisation Executive Secretary, Dr David Schindel, outlines the work of the CBOL initiative, a collaborative undertaking comprising natural history museums and an array of bodies in the field of biodiversity research
  • DNA Barcoders Nab New Species
    Jul 29 2010: Biologists dream of hand-held DNA scanners that could tell an ecologist in the field whether or not an organism is a new species. That dream is a long way from fruition, but two new tests of a molecular technique called DNA barcoding suggest that it will become a powerful tool for cataloging the diversity of life.   2004. Science Now. 
  • DNA Barcoding: Cracking Down on Bushmeat
    Jul 28 2010: Geneticists are using the building blocks of life to combat a horrific illegal trade.
  • Ventura County high school students taking part in international DNA catalogue project
    Jan 18 2010: A non-profit marine science center in Ventura County is allowing teenage students to take part in a global genetic mapping project, helping to create a landmark new data base for research, as well as practical applications.
  • NBC DNAHouse Project Interview
    Dec 29 2009: Watch the NBC interview with DNAHouse researcher Matt Cost and advisor Jesse Ausubel on YouTube.
  • With DNA Testing, Students Learn What's What in Their Neighborhood
    Jan 27 2009: Two students collected 217 samples they encountered daily and found mislabeled food and at least one surprise: hot dogs actually made of beef.
  • Barcode of Life
    Oct 1 2008: A small group of insect researchers have invented a device to identify every creature on Earth. So why do other biologists hate the idea?    Gary Wolf 2008. Wired Magazine 16:10
  • The Buzz on Bees
    Feb 1 2008: Only a tiny fraction of bees produce honey. Researcher Laurence Packer’s mission is to learn everything he can about the vast majority that don’t.   Stephen Strauss 2008. University Affairs
  • 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)
  • Check out plan to barcode world's species
    Sep 19 2007: Canadian scientists are working on an ambitious project to create a global database of up to half a million of the world's species using DNA barcoding technology.    2007. The Sydney Morning Herald.  2.
  • DNA Barcode to Identify World's Species
    Sep 18 2007: Smithsonian researchers are among the leaders in a worldwide effort to revolutionize the way scientists identify species in the laboratory and in the field with a technique called DNA barcoding, says Eurekalert press release. Similar to the barcode that identifies an item at the grocery store, a DNA barcode is used to identify and distinguish biological species.   2007. The Hindu. Science & Technology
  • DNA Barcoding: from fruit flies to puffer fish
    Sep 15 2007: Hundreds of experts in DNA barcoding meet in Taiwan next week for a major conference on this young, cutting-edge science which could have wide-ranging implications for health and the environment.
  • New frontier for DNA team: A bar code for every animal
    Sep 15 2007: Unless you have a degree in taxonomy, identifying all of the flora and fauna is an insurmountable task. University of Guelph scientists hope to change that using something retail stores have relied on for years: bar codes. Researchers at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario are starting to assign a unique DNA identifier in the form of a genetic bar code to every animal species on the planet.
  • Wrestling with Biodiversity
    Sep 1 2007: The inventor of DNA barcoding, Paul Hebert, leads the charge for an international effort to understand the Earth's biodiversity.   Barker, Veronique 2007. Innovation Canada. 30 .

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