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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.

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March Barcode Bulletin
Bulletin March 2014 Title Page

Catch up on the latest DNA barcoding news from around the world. Newsletter also includes an editorial feature highlighting do-it-yourself DNA barcoding initiatives.


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Mobile barcoding
Mobile app screenshot

The new DNA barcoding mobile app, featured in Hemispheres magazine, invites everyone to collect specimens for identification.


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Barcoding food webs

New study shows that DNA barcoding can establish the structure of ecological interactions with a precision previously unconceived.


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December Barcode Bulletin
Bulletin Dec 2013 TitlePage

Newsletter includes the latest news on DNA barcoding from around the world as well as an editorial feature highlighting the key milestones in the development of DNA barcoding.


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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

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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