Press Releases

Press inquiries can be directed to CBOL's Executive Secretary, David Schindel.
Below is a sampling of recent DNA barcoding press releases.


  • $2.5m project to speed up species identification in Australia
    May 27 2014: Leading Australian scientists have launched a $2.5 million project to rapidly and accurately identify key animal and plant species using genetic markers or “DNA barcoding”.
  • Quack Medicines, Insect Immigrants, and the Diet of 1 Million Wild Camels, Among Secrets Revealed by DNA Barcodes at the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference
    Nov 27 2011: The newfound scientific power to quickly “fingerprint” species via DNA is being deployed to unmask quack herbal medicines, reveal types of ancient Arctic life frozen in permafrost, expose what eats what in nature, and halt agricultural and forestry pests at borders, among other applications across a wide array of public interests. The explosion of creative new uses of DNA “barcoding” -- identifying species based on a snippet of DNA -- will occupy centre stage as 450 world experts convene at Australia‟s the University of Adelaide Nov. 28 to Dec. 3
  • 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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