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Making Every Species Count

Building a Bioliterate World

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.

• Breaking News for Tuesday, May 26, 2015 •

4 Million Barcodes

BOLD surpasses another mark. More than 4 Million DNA barcode sequences for over 400,000 species are now available. 


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Sixth International Conference

Early registration for the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference being held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada is open until June 15, 2015. See the website for program information.

CEO Appointed for BIO
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With a background in business development and commercialization, the University of Guelph has appointed Dr. Mario Thomas as CEO for the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.


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Recognizing Innovation

DNA barcoding has been recognized as a game-changing breakthrough by the Council of Ontario Universities.


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How iBOL Works

It takes a lot of different people with different talents to get the job done.

Read about global participation in iBOL and how it works.

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Building the Barcode Library

4,013,927 specimens
398,087 barcode clusters/species Target for 2015:
5,000,000 specimens
500,000 species Learn more...

Barcoding Campaigns

A number of campaigns have started to collect and register DNA barcodes from specific families and regions of life.

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Get Connected

Get connected with other DNA barcoding participants, scientists, and enthusiasts.

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