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

Articles

  • Study: DNA barcoding can ID natural health products
    Sep 19 2012: DNA barcoding developed by University of Guelph researchers has proven up to 88 per cent effective in authenticating natural health products, according to a new U of G study. The study appears in the latest issue ofFood Research International. It's a crucial finding because the health product industry is under-regulated worldwide and mislabelling poses economic, health, legal and environmental implications, says study author Mehrdad Hajibabaei.
  • DNA barcoding: The hi-tech fight against fake food
    Sep 10 2012: From mislabeled meat to fake fur, a global industry has thrived for centuries by supplying shops and markets with fraudulent products. Is DNA barcoding the answer?
  • DNA identification of rays for fisheries management and conservation
    Sep 7 2012: A STUDY by Charles Darwin University and UWA Oceans Institute provides the first application of DNA-barcoding to tropical rays.
  • DNA sleuth to help Brazil catch loggers
    Sep 2 2012: IT SOUNDS like a job for the ­detectives of CSI: Amazon. Swathes of Brazil’s fragile ­rainforest are being devastated by a burgeoning trade in ­illegal logging but a lack of ­evidence means the criminals are never caught.
  • DNA barcodes next step in fighting crime
    Aug 20 2012: COUNTERFEITERS, cattle rustlers, terrorists and drug cartels are all potential targets for DNA barcode technology to be commercially launched soon by Adelaide company GeneWorks, managers say.
  • Creating a digital menagerie
    Jun 28 2012: NEON technicians will collect and identify countless insect specimens over the lifetime of the observatory. To put it into perspective, during a short prototype collection at one site over three weeks using 20 traps, we collected close to 400 ground beetles. Now imagine 40 traps collecting insects at 60 sites for several months every year for 3 decades, not to mention the mosquito sampling that often produces several thousands of specimens from a single night of trapping! This volume of sampling will mean a tremendous amount of valuable data, but it also presents a significant challenge for maintaining accurate species IDs.
  • Feeding the Future: DNA barcodes for seafood
    Jun 19 2012: High-priced fish are often mislabeled – sometimes accidentally, sometimes not – David Schindel says. DNA barcoding will ensure quality and authenticity in the fish you eat.
  • Barcoding Insects To Control Them
    Apr 5 2012: Mention barcodes and it often brings to mind the sales tags and scanners found in supermarkets and other stores. But Agricultural Research Service scientists are using “DNA barcodes” in their search for ways to control and monitor insects that pose the greatest threats to crops as diverse as wheat, barley, and potatoes.
  • Scientists look for aliens in the Western Cape
    Apr 4 2012: The university's project leader Michelle van der Bank said recording the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of alien species was a step in tackling their invasion and spread.
  • CDC expands testing of confiscated 'bush meat' for viruses
    Jan 15 2012: Smuggled animal parts could carry disease, health officials say.
  • Importer using DNA testing to fight ‘rampant’ seafood labelling fraud Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Importer+using+testing+fight+rampant+seafood+labelling+fraud/5936819/story.html#ixzz1iQTx6QSI
    Jan 2 2012: The Barcode of Life database contains DNA sequences of nearly 10000 fish species allowing quick identification of many of the world's food fishes, ...
  • DNA Sequencing For Fun And Profit: A Low-Cost Platform For Garage Biotech
    Dec 31 2011: ... a sequencing service to complement its GeneLaser DNA Sequencing Kit, which includes reagents for amplifying target sequences, and DNA Barcoding Kit, ...
  • La via italiana per il codice a barre dei viventi
    Dec 23 2011: È il DNA barcoding , una metodica che si basa sul sequenziamento di particolari geni (tipicamente, nel caso degli animali, una porzione del gene ...
  • FDA Steps Up DNA Testing for Fish Species Verification
    Dec 22 2011: In their identification project, the FDA utilizes Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) followed by DNA sequencing to generate the DNA barcodes for fish species ...
  • Smithsonian research with DNA barcoding is making seafood substitution easier to catch
    Dec 20 2011: An investigation by the Boston Globe in October revealed widespread mislabeling of seafood in Massachusetts: 48 percent of the fish their reporters purchased in restaurants, grocery stores and markets was mislabeled. A similar study in this month’s Consumer Reports reveals that more than 20 percent of fish bought at restaurants and retailers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut was mislabeled or incompletely labeled. Sole and red snapper are species most likely to be substituted for less expensive brands.
  • Toyota adds to COP17
    Dec 14 2011: At a special event hosted by the Economic Development Department (EDD) at COP17 on Friday, 9 December 2011, the South African government extended its gratitude to Toyota SA Motors for the motor manufacturer’s support and assistance during COP17.
  • Restaurant Menus Will Include DNA Barcodes to Verify Fish Species
    Nov 29 2011: Fish specials at your local restaurant may soon come with an extra guarantee of quality and sustainability, as fishmongers start checking the DNA of their wares. The Food and Drug Administration approved DNA barcoding last month, and restaurants are planning to start using it to prove the provenance of their pricey fish, the AP reports.
  • Is Your Dinner Endangered? DNA Detectives Investigate
    Nov 4 2011: In the ongoing campaign to protect endangered animals, forensic investigators can already identify the food on your plate. Now they are working on advanced methods of intercepting even the most carefully disguised contraband - be it tuna, caviar or bushmeat. Their ultimate goal: pinpoint where the goods came from, and stop the hunting of endangered species at the source.
  • The World's Most Amazing Databases: The Encyclopedia of Life
    Oct 31 2011: Four years ago, the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Biodiversity Heritage Library joined together to create a comprehensive collection of data about every living thing on Earth.
  • FDA helps create DNA database for fish
    Aug 29 2011: How do you know the fish you buy is really what it's supposed to be? The answer is often you don't. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to protect consumers using DNA identification. It's a global project, and the Philippines is believed to have more types of fish than almost any place on Earth, so it's a great place to collect specimens. ABC7 News was the only TV station to go there with American researchers working to keep our food safe.

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