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)
  • 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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