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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 Friday, Feb 12, 2016 •

December Barcode Bulletin
Bulletin December 2015 Title Page

Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin which highlights initiatives in DNA barcoding research, applications, and education.


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MEXBOL Meeting

From November 23 to 25, 2015, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México hosted the third meeting of the MEXBOL network.


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Symposium in Norway

Norway’s first national symposium on biodiversity and DNA barcoding was held in Trondheim from November 11 to 12, 2015.


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Highlights Report
iBOL Highlights Report 2015 Cover

The Barcoding Life Highlights Report for 2015 is now available, with updates on iBOL activities ranging from technology to education.


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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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