General News

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


  • 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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