General News

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


  • Oceana launches seafood fraud campaign
    May 26 2011: Doug Karas, a spokesman for the FDA, said the DNA Barcoding-based method is already in use at the FDA and has led to an alert list of companies with sketchy histories of mislabeling fish. The companies on the list must prove their fish are what they say they are, Karas noted, before authorities will allow the seafood into the United States. This pilot program will soon stretch out across the country.
  • Tests Reveal Mislabeling of Fish
    May 26 2011: Scientists aiming their gene sequencers at commercial seafood are discovering rampant labeling fraud in supermarket coolers and restaurant tables: cheap fish is often substituted for expensive fillets, and overfished species are passed off as fish whose numbers are plentiful.
  • 'Barcoding Blitz' on Australian Moths and Butterflies
    May 16 2011: In just 10 weeks a team of Canadian researchers has succeeded in 'barcoding' 28,000 moth and butterfly specimens -- or about 65 per cent of Australia's 10,000 known species -- held at CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) in Canberra.
  • Wales to DNA 'barcode' plants
    Apr 7 2011: Wales is set to be the first country to produce a DNA barcode for every one of its native flowering plants, scientists claim. The Barcode Wales project will aim to catalogue all 1,143 species of native flowering plant based on each plant's unique gene sequence. This would mean that the tiniest fragment of leaf or pollen grain could be used to identify any plant in Wales.
  • Special Report: Island Life Under the Microscope in Mo'orea
    Feb 24 2011: A National Geographic special report on the Biocode Project.
  • Blenny Bonanza: Seven New Species of Fish Revealed by Genetic Analysis
    Feb 5 2011: Things are not always what they seem when it comes to fish -- something scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Ocean Science Foundation are finding out. Using modern genetic analysis, combined with traditional examination of morphology, the scientists discovered that what were once thought to be three species of blenny in the genus Starksia are actually 10 distinct species.
  • Researchers Barcode Beetles in South Africa No bug is too small for biodiversity safari
    Dec 13 2010: Elephants. Rhinos. The big cats. They’re the creatures most people hope to see on a South African safari. But Erin Corstorphine, a research assistant with U of G’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, considered herself lucky during her trek there this fall when she spotted a flightless dung beetle trundling along, digging a burrow as dung beetles do.
  • Will Barcoding DNA Save Species on the Brink?
    Dec 7 2010: We've heard of barcoding trees to prevent deforestation, and tagging animals to track them for scientific purposes is an everyday practice. But what about barcoding the DNA of all animals across the planet to protect them from illegal poaching, trapping or over-hunting? The International Barcode of Life project aims to do just that by assigning a barcode to each individual species' unique DNA so that one day, anyone with a special scanner can read the DNA and know exactly what species they're dealing with. From fish-mongers' stalls to the distribution of an endangered species, the new database may be able to save species and keep a watch on our food supplies.
  • Life forms to get own DNA bar codes
    Nov 1 2010: Hand-held readers will help border guards recognize endangered species and pests, and if trout or salmon sold in stores and restaurants are accurately identified
  • DNA barcodes to protect species
    Oct 30 2010: Scientists believe that DNA barcodes can help track endangered species as well as those shipped to other countries as food or consumer products.

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