Latest Consortium for the Barcode of Life Stories

2010-02-10 12:12:16

Just because you don't swallow the worm at the bottom of a bottle of mescal doesn't mean you have avoided the essential worminess of the potent Mexican liquor, according to scientists at the University of Guelph. Researchers from U of G's Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) have discovered that mescal itself contains the DNA of the agave butterfly caterpillar "” the famously tasty "worm" that many avoid consuming. Their findings will appear in the March issue of BioTechniques, which...

2009-12-28 12:10:00

Two New York City high school students exploring their homes using the latest high-tech DNA analysis techniques were astonished to discover a veritable zoo of 95 animal species surrounding them, in everything from fridges to furniture, from sidewalks to shipping boxes, and from feather dusters to floor corners. Guided by DNA "barcoding" experts at The Rockefeller University and the American Museum of Natural History, Grade 12 students Brenda Tan and Matt Cost of Trinity School, Manhattan,...

2009-11-09 13:25:00

Scientists have borrowed a monitoring technique from supermarkets by creating a collection of so-called "DNA barcodes" to understand how the diets of animals would change with global warming. "There's been an extraordinary growth in the use of the technology," David Schindel, executive secretary of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) told Reuters. Schnidel said the system has grown since 2007, with now more than 700,000 records from 65,000 species. The use of barcodes for plant...

2009-09-15 10:55:35

Researchers from several institutions including the University of Colorado at Boulder have sequenced DNA "barcodes" for as many as 25 hunted wildlife species, providing information that can be used to better monitor the elusive trade of wildlife products, or bushmeat. Identifying such DNA barcodes can help wildlife officials crack down on illegal bushmeat trafficking since many animal species are in sharp decline from illegal trade estimated to be worth $5 billion to $8 billion annually, said...

2009-09-14 13:56:40

Demonstrating that short genetic sequences identify migratory marine species Conservation geneticists who study sea turtles have a new tool to help track this highly migratory and endangered group of marine animals: DNA barcodes. DNA barcodes are short genetic sequences that efficiently distinguish species from each other"”even if the samples from which the DNA is extracted are minute or degraded. Now, a recently published research paper by scientists from the American Museum of Natural...

2009-09-05 12:20:00

A new tool proved for tracking the global trade in wildlife Leather handbags and chunks of red meat: when wildlife specialists find these items in shipping containers, luggage, or local markets, they can now use newly published genetic sequences known as "DNA barcodes" to pinpoint the species of origin. Experts hope that this simple technique will track the harvesting of bushmeat (or wildlife hunted largely in Asia, South and Central America, and Africa) and will ultimately crack down on the...

2009-07-29 12:55:00

After four years of debate, an international team of scientists from 25 institutions has finally agreed on a standard "DNA barcode" for plants for quick and easy identification of species. The team hopes that the agreement will allow for the eventual formation of a global plant DNA library, which can be shared by the scientific community. The barcode is a short sequence of DNA unique to every species that could ultimately have a handheld plant "scanner" for quickly identifying species...

2009-07-28 14:06:43

An international team of scientists, including botanists from the University of Toronto, have identified a pair of genes which can be used to catalogue the world's plants using a technique known as DNA barcoding "” a rapid and automated classification method that uses a short genetic marker in an organism's DNA to identify it as belonging to a particular species."Barcoding provides an efficient means by which we can discover the many undescribed species that exist on earth," says...

2009-07-06 06:10:00

AVONDALE, Pa., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, which hopes to assemble a DNA sequence library of the world's species using barcode technology, has appointed Dr. Bernard W. Sweeney, Director of the Stroud(TM) Water Research Center, to head its Freshwater Surveillance group. One of iBOL's ten working groups, each of which is focused on different organisms and environments, the Freshwater Surveillance group is particularly important as...

2008-04-18 13:45:00

Scans can differentiate species and verify that the seafood you are served is what you orderedMost of us are familiar with bar codes, those small black stripes with numbers below, known as the Universal Product Code or UPC label, that appear on commercial products. We scan them at the grocery store or to check a price, or have to cut them out and send them in for a rebate.Now imagine scanning a DNA barcode on the piece of fish you just bought for dinner to instantly verify the species, where...

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'