DNA Barcoding Applications
While many look to a future when point-of-contact DNA analysis is possible, the capacity to use DNA barcoding to identify any specimen in a few hours is already a reality. Species identification of endangered wildlife, quarantine pests, and disease vectors are just a few areas in which DNA barcoding is enabling researchers, enforcement agents, and consumers to make informed decisions in much shorter time frames.
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Detecting Invasive Species
Larval and juvenile specimens can be identified even where morphological techniques fail.
Identification of products suspected to be from endangered and/or illegally traded wildlife, as well as providing evidence in poaching cases.
Combating the global wildlife trade
Determining if products contain species that are
Harvest of threatened species
Citizen Science and Education
Providing access to scientific records, Life Scanner allows non-scientists to browse and access species information to educate or help make informed decisions.