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.

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