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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 Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 •

Barcoding Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements

DNA barcoding reveals widespread contamination and substitution in store-brand herbal supplements, leading to an investigation of four national retailers in the United States.


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Funding Awarded to BIO
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The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives program to support DNA barcoding efforts.


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Barcoding in Peru
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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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6th International Conference

Conference website is now live with information on registration, abstract submission, plenary speakers, workshops and more.

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

2,982,396 specimens
332,047 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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