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


  • 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:
    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.
  • Barcodes refocus understanding of ecosystems
    Aug 12 2011: You're probably familiar with barcodes, those black and white stripes on most store items that bring about the familiar "beep" when scanned at checkout. They determine whether a scanned item is a gallon of milk or a can of tomato soup. Eight years ago, biologists developed their own sort of barcode that's also used for identification, but these barcodes aren't printed on the outside of items. Instead, they are found inside the DNA of plants and animals studied by biologists.
  • Why are there so many bird species in the tropics?
    Aug 12 2011: What can we learn about evolution, geography and biodiversity by studying continental patterns of speciation?
  • DNA testing by high school students shows many teas contain unlisted ingredients
    Jul 21 2011: Your tea may not be what you think. Three New York City high school students, working with Rockefeller scientists, have found several herbal brews and a few brands of tea contain ingredients unlisted on the manufacturers’ package. The teen sleuths also demonstrated new-to-science genetic variation between broad-leaf teas from exported from India versus small-leaf teas exported from China.
  • New Technology Could Create a Nation of Salmon Detectives
    Jul 12 2011: Many eaters who were stunned by a recent study showing that farmed Atlantic salmon is frequently sold as wild Pacific salmon in Puget Sound area restaurants were equally surprised that the groundbreaking research was conducted by undergraduates.
  • Using DNA in fight against illegal logging
    Jun 30 2011: "Molecular marker methods have been applied to freshly cut wood for a number of years, and it's now also possible to extract and use genetic material from wood products and old samples of wood," Professor Lowe says. "We can use 'DNA barcoding' to identify species, 'DNA fingerprinting' to identify and track individual logs or wood products, and we can also verify the region the wood was sourced from.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expedition nets 10 000 plus species
    Oct 25 2010: They had hoped to collect around 1 500 species on their groundbreaking DNA expedition to South Africa’s biodiversity hotspots – but they came home with thousands more.
  • DNA Barcodes Could Help Conservation and Food Safety
    Oct 21 2010: The International Barcode of Life Project has a far-reaching mission – to build a digital library for all life on Earth.The scientists involved are compiling a database of DNA samples from as many different plants and animals as they can find. [[Video]]
  • Dr David Schindel, Executive Secretary, Consortium for the Barcode of Life
    Oct 1 2010: Organisation Executive Secretary, Dr David Schindel, outlines the work of the CBOL initiative, a collaborative undertaking comprising natural history museums and an array of bodies in the field of biodiversity research
  • DNA Barcoders Nab New Species
    Jul 29 2010: Biologists dream of hand-held DNA scanners that could tell an ecologist in the field whether or not an organism is a new species. That dream is a long way from fruition, but two new tests of a molecular technique called DNA barcoding suggest that it will become a powerful tool for cataloging the diversity of life.   2004. Science Now. 
  • DNA Barcoding: Cracking Down on Bushmeat
    Jul 28 2010: Geneticists are using the building blocks of life to combat a horrific illegal trade.
  • Ventura County high school students taking part in international DNA catalogue project
    Jan 18 2010: A non-profit marine science center in Ventura County is allowing teenage students to take part in a global genetic mapping project, helping to create a landmark new data base for research, as well as practical applications.
  • NBC DNAHouse Project Interview
    Dec 29 2009: Watch the NBC interview with DNAHouse researcher Matt Cost and advisor Jesse Ausubel on YouTube.
  • With DNA Testing, Students Learn What's What in Their Neighborhood
    Jan 27 2009: Two students collected 217 samples they encountered daily and found mislabeled food and at least one surprise: hot dogs actually made of beef.
  • Barcode of Life
    Oct 1 2008: A small group of insect researchers have invented a device to identify every creature on Earth. So why do other biologists hate the idea?    Gary Wolf 2008. Wired Magazine 16:10
  • The Buzz on Bees
    Feb 1 2008: Only a tiny fraction of bees produce honey. Researcher Laurence Packer’s mission is to learn everything he can about the vast majority that don’t.   Stephen Strauss 2008. University Affairs
  • Cataloging Life
    Dec 7 2007: Cataloging Life In 2003, scientists proposed a universal animal barcode: a segment of roughly 650 base pairs of a mitochondrial gene. Today, BOB GRANT reports there are more than 300,000 barcode sequences in a central repository. Can this short stretch of DNA conserve biodiversity and keep us safe from poisons?   Bob Grant 2007. The Scientist 21(12)
  • Cracking the Code
    Nov 1 2007: Within a few years anyone—from a park ranger or a biologist in the field to agents at border crossings—will be able to obtain a rapid genetic ID using cells from lizard skin, bird feathers, fish fins, or tufts of fur. 
  • Wanted: A Barocde for Plants
    Oct 12 2007: Four years ago, Paul Hebert wowed researchers at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C., with the results of a pilot study that he said demonstrated a way to distinguish any animal species from any other, using only a short piece of variable DNA.   Pennisi 2007. Science Vol 318 2
  • Name, rank and serial number
    Sep 22 2007: Biologists want to barcode half a million species in the next five years.
  • Africa: DNA Barcodes 'Tackle Disease, Protect Biodiversity'
    Sep 19 2007: DNA 'barcoding' offers rapid and low cost ways to monitor human disease vectors and biodiversity in developing countries, scientists told a conference this week.   Eva Aguilar 2007. (London)
  • Check out plan to barcode world's species
    Sep 19 2007: Canadian scientists are working on an ambitious project to create a global database of up to half a million of the world's species using DNA barcoding technology.    2007. The Sydney Morning Herald.  2.
  • DNA Barcode to Identify World's Species
    Sep 18 2007: Smithsonian researchers are among the leaders in a worldwide effort to revolutionize the way scientists identify species in the laboratory and in the field with a technique called DNA barcoding, says Eurekalert press release. Similar to the barcode that identifies an item at the grocery store, a DNA barcode is used to identify and distinguish biological species.   2007. The Hindu. Science & Technology
  • DNA Barcoding: from fruit flies to puffer fish
    Sep 15 2007: Hundreds of experts in DNA barcoding meet in Taiwan next week for a major conference on this young, cutting-edge science which could have wide-ranging implications for health and the environment.
  • New frontier for DNA team: A bar code for every animal
    Sep 15 2007: Unless you have a degree in taxonomy, identifying all of the flora and fauna is an insurmountable task. University of Guelph scientists hope to change that using something retail stores have relied on for years: bar codes. Researchers at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario are starting to assign a unique DNA identifier in the form of a genetic bar code to every animal species on the planet.
  • Wrestling with Biodiversity
    Sep 1 2007: The inventor of DNA barcoding, Paul Hebert, leads the charge for an international effort to understand the Earth's biodiversity.   Barker, Veronique 2007. Innovation Canada. 30 .
  • A bar-code for every plant species
    Jun 1 2007: Imagine being able to walk up to any plant anywhere - be it a seedling or a 40m tree - a know its scientific name within a few seconds.  Such ability would be to botany what the World Wide Web is to humankind.   2007. University of Johannesburg, News Magazine, Autumn 2007. UJ FOUR 14-15.
  • Expert: DNA barcoding project just begun
    May 18 2007: Earth & Sky’s Jorge Salazar spoke with Dr. Stoeckle about DNA barcoding and why scientists are doing it.    2007. Earth & Sky Radio - A Clear Voice for Science.
  • Rival Genetics Projects Build Bridges
    Apr 26 2007: Projects that explore the world’s biodiversity might seem like natural allies. But last week a workshop was held in North Carolina expressly to mend fences between two such initiatives that have different approaches. Erika Check 2007. Nature Vol. 446
  • Scientists caught up in a great bloodsucker blunder
    Apr 22 2007: Decades of scientific research could be thrown into doubt, as it has been based on experiments carried out on the wrong leech   AFP, Paris 2007. Taipe Times.  19.
  • Barcoding Life
    Mar 1 2007: Life is short in Churchill, Man., where ice lingers on Hudson Bay until July and by September, it's snowing again. Even with these limitations, the tundra teems with activity and beckons biodiversity hunter Paul Hebert like a pet store to a wide-eyed child. Over three weeks last summer, he conducted a "biodiversity blitz" in Churchill -- a census of all the organisms he could get his hands on. Roberts, Siobhan 2007. Canadian Geographic. 127(2) 40-50
  • He's bar-coding the entire planet
    Jan 15 2007: Prof. Paul Hebert is featured in a one-page science article in the January 15th issue of Maclean’s magazine.   Intini, John 2007. Maclean's. 120(1) 44
  • DNA Barcoding - a breakthrough for invasive species detection?
    Jan 1 2007: Despite widespread acknowledgement of the substantial and growing impacts of invasive species on economies and people’s livelihoods, there have been relatively few comprehensive assessments of these aspects.   2007. GISP News. 7 4-5.
  • Barcoding Life
    Dec 1 2006: "One day, when lost in the supermarket, evolutionary biologist Paul Hebert marveled at how every item could be identified using a unique bar code. Then it hit him: why couldn't DNA be scanned the same way? " - The Best and Brightest 2006, Esquire Magazine.   Chris Jones 2006. Esquire. 146(6) 284-285
  • The Barcoding of Life
    Nov 28 2006: Let's say you find a little piece of wildlife - a single hair, or a fragment of skin. What if you could pop it into a portable device, and learn its exact species - all in a matter of minutes?    de la Rosa, Carlos 2006. Isla Earth Radio Series.
  • DNA - A new tool for insect identification
    Nov 26 2006: This technology should prove to be a valuable aid to taxonomists and will be a major resource for plant exporters   Murphy, Graeme and Hannah Fraser 2006. Greenhouse Canada.  36-37
  • 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
  • Genetic Barcoding
    May 14 2005: Genetic barcoding is a new technology using a short DNA sequence from a gene found in all animals which can identify a species.   William, Robyn and Schindel, David 2005. Science Show
  • Taxonomy: Will DNA bar codes breathe life into classification?
    Feb 18 2005: Biologists hope that a simple tag on all forms of life, and even a hand-held reader, will make classification a 21st century science. Marshall, E. 2005. Science Magazine. 307(5712) pg 1037
  • Will DNA Ba Codes Breathe Life Into Classification?
    Feb 18 2005: Biologists hope that a simple tag on all forms of life, and even a hand-held reader, will make classification a 21st century science.   Marshall, Eliot 2005. Science. 307 1037
  • Si Noé voyait Ça!
    Feb 13 2005: 2005. L'actualité
  • Genetic Bar Codes For Life Forms
    Feb 12 2005:     2005. The Times of India.
  • Genetic Barcodes will ID World's Species
    Feb 10 2005: By taking a snippet of DNA from all the known species on Earth and linking them to photographs, descriptions and scientific information, the researchers plan to build the largest database of its kind.   2005. CNN
  • Scientists to Barcode Life on Earth
    Feb 10 2005: World collaboration will record the sequence of vital gene shared by birds, mammals, fish, plants and other organisms   2005. Guardian Unlimited
  • Science Intends to Tag All Life
    Feb 10 2005: Scientists are to establish a giant catalogue of life - to, in effect, "barcode" every species on Earth, from tiny plankton to the mighty blue whale.   2005. BBC News
  • The Tangled Bank
    Feb 1 2005: Naturalists race to count up their taxonomic blessings.   2005. Orion
  • Handheld DNA Scanners to ID Species Instantly?
    Jan 26 2005: Imagine a muggy summer night—steak sizzling on the barbeque, cold drink in hand, and hundreds of insects mobbing the porch light. Suddenly a mosquito dive-bombs your bare arm. You flatten it with a smack but not before it sucks a drop of your blood. Did you just contract the West Nile virus? If Paul Hebert gets his way, in about ten years all you'll need to do is feed a fragment of the flattened bug into your handheld scanner for analysis. Moments later, the little machine will identify the species with a photo and description, allowing you to determine if you are at risk.   2005. National Geographic News
  • Bar code of Life
    Jan 10 2005: New species identification is becoming very easy.   Wade, Nicholas 2005. The Telegraph - Calcutta, India
  • A Species in a Second: Promise of DNA 'Bar codes'
    Dec 14 2004: If such devices are standard equipment for visiting distant planets, why can't we have them here at home where we really need them? Less than a fifth of the earth's 10 million species of plants and animals have been cataloged, and taxonomists are backlogged with requests to apply their specialist knowledge to identification problems.    2004. New York Times
  • DNA Barcodes - Life Under the Scanner
    Dec 4 2004: 2004. Science News
  • The Code of the Wild
    Oct 4 2004: Merger of DNA technique, barcodes has potential for instant specimen ID    2004. The Dallas Morning News
  • Zoologist gets his proof
    Oct 2 2004: It looks like a case of "I think I can, I think I can, I did" for University of Guelph zoologist Paul Hebert.Last year, we learned of his hope of using bits of DNA to refine how scientists determined what a species is. The technique looks at the DNA in a gene common to all living creatures. Prof. Hebert argued that the pattern variations he saw matched up well with species divisions biologists had arrived at before DNA data were available.   Strauss, Stephen 2004. Globe and Mail
  • All Bar None?
    Sep 30 2004: There may be more species on Earth than previously imagined   2004. The Economist
  • DNA Barcodes May Tell Species Apart
    Sep 28 2004: One gene may give scientists an easy-to-identify label to distinguish an animal from a closely related species   2004. CBC.
  • DNA Bar Coding Uncovers Secrets of Costa Rican Butterfly
    Sep 28 2004: In one of the first uses of DNA bar coding, a new technique for cataloging the planet's species, researchers have uncovered an unexpected richness in the complexity of nature. A longknown butterfly has turned out to be not a single species but 10 different species that live in overlapping territories without interbreeding.   2004. New York Times.
  • DNA Barcodes Find Four New Species
    Sep 27 2004: Short stretch of DNA sequence fast, accurate method for identifying species 2004. Rockefeller University
  • DNA Barcodes Tag Species
    Sep 27 2004: Genetic sequence could give an instant biological identification.   2004.
  • Taxonomy Isn't Black and White
    Sep 27 2004:   DNA barcoding method put to the test reveals new cryptic bird and butterfly species     2004. The Scientist.
  • 21st Century Ark: Taking Stock of Nature's Riches
    Jun 26 2004:   Wouldn't it be useful if we could identify any animal on earth simply by reading off a short stretch of its genetic code? Bob Holmes talks to the people who are makingthis dream a reality     2004. New Scientist
  • Modernizing the Tree of Life
    Jun 10 2004: A few enterprising researchers are using the tactics of big science to come up with ways to simplify and speed up the assessment of biodiversity. Others have pushed their colleagues into new ways of thinking about creating phylogenies, as they build ever-larger trees on their way to the one grand tree of life--a goal once considered unreachable.   Pennisi, Elizabeth 2003. Science Magazine. 300(5626) 1692-1697

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