General News

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


  • Genetic Barcoding
    May 14 2005: Genetic barcoding is a new technology using a short DNA sequence from a gene found in all animals which can identify a species.   William, Robyn and Schindel, David 2005. Science Show
  • Taxonomy: Will DNA bar codes breathe life into classification?
    Feb 18 2005: Biologists hope that a simple tag on all forms of life, and even a hand-held reader, will make classification a 21st century science. Marshall, E. 2005. Science Magazine. 307(5712) pg 1037
  • Will DNA Ba Codes Breathe Life Into Classification?
    Feb 18 2005: Biologists hope that a simple tag on all forms of life, and even a hand-held reader, will make classification a 21st century science.   Marshall, Eliot 2005. Science. 307 1037
  • Si Noé voyait Ça!
    Feb 13 2005: 2005. L'actualité
  • Genetic Bar Codes For Life Forms
    Feb 12 2005:     2005. The Times of India.
  • Genetic Barcodes will ID World's Species
    Feb 10 2005: By taking a snippet of DNA from all the known species on Earth and linking them to photographs, descriptions and scientific information, the researchers plan to build the largest database of its kind.   2005. CNN
  • Scientists to Barcode Life on Earth
    Feb 10 2005: World collaboration will record the sequence of vital gene shared by birds, mammals, fish, plants and other organisms   2005. Guardian Unlimited
  • Science Intends to Tag All Life
    Feb 10 2005: Scientists are to establish a giant catalogue of life - to, in effect, "barcode" every species on Earth, from tiny plankton to the mighty blue whale.   2005. BBC News
  • The Tangled Bank
    Feb 1 2005: Naturalists race to count up their taxonomic blessings.   2005. Orion
  • Handheld DNA Scanners to ID Species Instantly?
    Jan 26 2005: Imagine a muggy summer night—steak sizzling on the barbeque, cold drink in hand, and hundreds of insects mobbing the porch light. Suddenly a mosquito dive-bombs your bare arm. You flatten it with a smack but not before it sucks a drop of your blood. Did you just contract the West Nile virus? If Paul Hebert gets his way, in about ten years all you'll need to do is feed a fragment of the flattened bug into your handheld scanner for analysis. Moments later, the little machine will identify the species with a photo and description, allowing you to determine if you are at risk.   2005. National Geographic News
  • Bar code of Life
    Jan 10 2005: New species identification is becoming very easy.   Wade, Nicholas 2005. The Telegraph - Calcutta, India
  • A Species in a Second: Promise of DNA 'Bar codes'
    Dec 14 2004: If such devices are standard equipment for visiting distant planets, why can't we have them here at home where we really need them? Less than a fifth of the earth's 10 million species of plants and animals have been cataloged, and taxonomists are backlogged with requests to apply their specialist knowledge to identification problems.    2004. New York Times
  • DNA Barcodes - Life Under the Scanner
    Dec 4 2004: 2004. Science News
  • The Code of the Wild
    Oct 4 2004: Merger of DNA technique, barcodes has potential for instant specimen ID    2004. The Dallas Morning News
  • Zoologist gets his proof
    Oct 2 2004: It looks like a case of "I think I can, I think I can, I did" for University of Guelph zoologist Paul Hebert.Last year, we learned of his hope of using bits of DNA to refine how scientists determined what a species is. The technique looks at the DNA in a gene common to all living creatures. Prof. Hebert argued that the pattern variations he saw matched up well with species divisions biologists had arrived at before DNA data were available.   Strauss, Stephen 2004. Globe and Mail
  • All Bar None?
    Sep 30 2004: There may be more species on Earth than previously imagined   2004. The Economist
  • DNA Barcodes May Tell Species Apart
    Sep 28 2004: One gene may give scientists an easy-to-identify label to distinguish an animal from a closely related species   2004. CBC.
  • DNA Bar Coding Uncovers Secrets of Costa Rican Butterfly
    Sep 28 2004: In one of the first uses of DNA bar coding, a new technique for cataloging the planet's species, researchers have uncovered an unexpected richness in the complexity of nature. A longknown butterfly has turned out to be not a single species but 10 different species that live in overlapping territories without interbreeding.   2004. New York Times.
  • DNA Barcodes Find Four New Species
    Sep 27 2004: Short stretch of DNA sequence fast, accurate method for identifying species 2004. Rockefeller University
  • DNA Barcodes Tag Species
    Sep 27 2004: Genetic sequence could give an instant biological identification.   2004.

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