General News

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


  • Quirks and Quarks - Backing up the Planet
    Nov 25 2006: BOLD (Barcode of Life Data Systems) was featured on the show "Quirks & Quarks" on CBC Radio.  The segment was called "Backing up the Planet" and featured Sujeevan Ratnasingham from the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding.   Bob McDonald 2006. CBC Radio - Quirks & Quarks
  • Every time a butterfly flaps its wings in Guelph...
    Sep 26 2006: New research by a Canadian biologis is changing the way scientists identify species, writes Stephen Strauss.   Stephen Strauss 2006. The Globe and Mail.  B10
  • Cracking the Code
    May 25 2006: DNA barcoding is set to uproot the ‘tree of life’ and revolutionise the way we classify animals. It may also have massive benefi ts for wildlife conservation.   Atkinson, Nick 2006. Entangled.  50-51
  • Garden in Full Bloom
    Apr 30 2006: In a world of declining biodiversity, botanical gardens are coming into their own -- both as storehouses of rare plants and skills, and increasingly as centres of molecular research.   Emma Marris 2006. Nature. 440 860-86
  • The Barcode of Life Takes Flight
    Apr 1 2006: Many researchers initially scoffed at the idea that you can use a tiny string of an organism’s DNA to accurately identify the species to which it belongs. No more. Research on DNA barcoding has exploded, thanks to the backing of heavyweights like the Smithsonian and tens of millions of dollars in funding. The goal is to develop a complete catalogue of Earth’s life forms using the novel technique. The man at the centre of this Canadian-initiated effort takes his new-found fame and research wealth with a dose of good humour.   Stephen Strauss 2006. University Affairs.
  • Democratizing Taxonomy
    Apr 1 2006: With 16 butterflies hidden in a briefcase, biologists Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs arrived for a meeting at the Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York in March 2003. Some were dark-chocolate brown with white bands and patches of shimmering azure, others mocha with cream or black with orange lines—eight different pairs of skipper butterflies common to Costa Rica, where Janzen and Hallwachs had collected them. Each pair identical to the unpracticed eye. Identical even to the practiced eye.  Janzen and Hallwachs gave the butterflies to Paul Hebert, a molecular geneticist at the University of Guelph in Ontario and a featured speaker at the Banbury meeting. In the 1990s, Hebert and his colleagues had found a way to take a snippet of DNA from a single gene common to all animals and to read it as one would an ID tag.   M. Holloway 2006. Conservation in Practice. 7(2) 14-21
  • Antsy in Madagascar
    Mar 1 2006: A bushwhacking biologist unearths six-legged vampires, cannibals, and silk weavers in his quest to bring every ant on the planet into your home.   Conniff, R. 2006. Discover Magazine. 27(3) 44-51
  • Un code-barres à ADN pour identifier les espèces ?
    Feb 1 2006: Depuis une quinzaine d’années, la biodiversité est devenue un concept et un enjeu majeurs. Mais alors qu’on dénonçait son érosion, principalement due aux activités humaines, on se rendait compte de la pauvreté de sa description. Si trois siècles de travail de naturalistes ont réussi à décrire 1,7 million d’espèces animales et végétales, l’ensemble de la biodiversité est globalement estimé à 10 millions d’espèces ou plus (hors bactéries et virus). Bref, on ne connaît pas l’ensemble du vivant qui est en train de s’appauvrir sous nos yeux. Il faut donc aller vite ! Cependant, le travail d’un taxonomiste est long et fastidieux : récolte sur le terrain, description des organismes, comparaison avec les espèces proches, dénomination, classification. Certains écosystèmes, tels les récifs coralliens ou la canopée des forêts tropicales et équatoriales, sont d’une telle richesse qu’ils nécessiteraient des siècles de travail naturaliste.   Le Guyader, H. 2006. Pour La Science. 340 16-19
  • DNA-Barcoding
    Feb 1 2006: Das internationale Consortium for the Barcode of Life will ein standardisiertes DNA-Fragment aller Organismenarten der Welt sequenzieren. Dieser Barcode soll dazu dienen, Arten schnell und eindeutig zu bestimmen. Ziel ist neben der Katalogisierung des Lebens auf unserem Planeten auch die Entwicklung eines handlichen Geräts, das in der Lage ist, kostengünstig kleine Proben eines Organismus einer Art zuzuordnen. Profitieren können von diesem Ansatz nicht nur die Grundlagenforschung, sondern auch gesellschaftliche und politische Institutionen. Zudem stellt DNA-Barcoding einen sehr wichtigen Beitrag zur Beschreibung der Artenvielfalt dar, da es diesen Prozess stark beschleunigen kann.   Steinke, Dirk and Brede, Nora 2006. Biologie In Unserer Zeit. 36(1) 40-46
  • Bar Coding Life
    Jan 16 2006: A global project to create a new framework for identifying all biological species gains momentum.   Ivan Amato 2006. Chemical & Engineering News. 84(3) 27-30

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