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


  • Blenny Bonanza: Seven New Species of Fish Revealed by Genetic Analysis
    Feb 5 2011: Things are not always what they seem when it comes to fish -- something scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Ocean Science Foundation are finding out. Using modern genetic analysis, combined with traditional examination of morphology, the scientists discovered that what were once thought to be three species of blenny in the genus Starksia are actually 10 distinct species.
  • Researchers Barcode Beetles in South Africa No bug is too small for biodiversity safari
    Dec 13 2010: Elephants. Rhinos. The big cats. They’re the creatures most people hope to see on a South African safari. But Erin Corstorphine, a research assistant with U of G’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, considered herself lucky during her trek there this fall when she spotted a flightless dung beetle trundling along, digging a burrow as dung beetles do.
  • Will Barcoding DNA Save Species on the Brink?
    Dec 7 2010: We've heard of barcoding trees to prevent deforestation, and tagging animals to track them for scientific purposes is an everyday practice. But what about barcoding the DNA of all animals across the planet to protect them from illegal poaching, trapping or over-hunting? The International Barcode of Life project aims to do just that by assigning a barcode to each individual species' unique DNA so that one day, anyone with a special scanner can read the DNA and know exactly what species they're dealing with. From fish-mongers' stalls to the distribution of an endangered species, the new database may be able to save species and keep a watch on our food supplies.
  • Life forms to get own DNA bar codes
    Nov 1 2010: Hand-held readers will help border guards recognize endangered species and pests, and if trout or salmon sold in stores and restaurants are accurately identified
  • DNA barcodes to protect species
    Oct 30 2010: Scientists believe that DNA barcodes can help track endangered species as well as those shipped to other countries as food or consumer products.

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