What would it be like to live in a bio-literate world - a world where you could know, in minutes, the name of any animal or plant - any time, anywhere? And not just its name but everything about it - what are its habits, is it endangered, is it dangerous, should it even be there or is it an invader from somewhere else?
How could we use that knowledge to protect our planet's biodiversity and promote human health and well-being?
The International Barcode of Life project (iBOL), the largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken, is unlocking the door to that world by creating a digital identification system for life.
DNA barcoding reveals widespread contamination and substitution in store-brand herbal supplements, leading to an investigation of four national retailers in the United States.
The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives program to support DNA barcoding efforts.
In a recent radio interview, Peruvian researchers discuss the training they received at BIO and drawing on this experience to launch a national DNA barcoding campaign.
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