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

Articles

  • DNA barcoding identifies mystery meat and so much more
    Jun 20 2011: Imagine this: Authorities in Cameroon seize a batch of bushmeat destined for a nearby market. Now they need to figure out what the dry, shriveled morsels of meat and skin are: An endangered species such as gorilla or a mere rodent? Enter DNA barcoding, a way of identifying species based on a short string of DNA that was pioneered by Canadian evolutionary biologist Paul Hebert in 2003.
  • From Researcher to Crime-Fighter: How Cutting-Edge Science Can Help Stop Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
    Jun 16 2011: A suspicious shipment is stopped by U.S. authorities at one of the country’s many international ports of entry. The box is revealed to contain fragments of powdered tiger bone and dried organs, both common ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. It’s too late for the tigers, but in order for justice to be served, criminals must be identified and stopped. But how to track the origin of the slain animals? That’s when wildlife forensics enters the crime scene.
  • Foothill students contribute to DNA barcode project
    Jun 15 2011: BioScience Academy students at Foothill Technology High School are joining scientists around the world in a comprehensive DNA bar coding project designed to collect information about unique species.
  • Bees' role in superbug fight, finds Cardiff research
    Jun 13 2011: Beekeepers could hold the key to fighting a variety of drug-resistant superbugs, according to new research.
  • Coastal Marine Biolabs Receives an Education Innovation Award From the National Science Foundation to Engage High School Students in the International Barcode of Life Project
    Jun 7 2011: Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) today announced an award from the National Science Foundation to launch the Barcoding Life's Matrix Project.Funded through the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program, the three-year project seeks to address science education reform agenda by enlisting the participation of high school students in building a reference DNA barcode library of fish and invertebrate species that inhabit the kelp forests of California's northern Channel Islands (sometimes called the North American Galapagos because they are home to over 150 endemic or unique species).

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