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2011-06-07 08:00:00

VENTURA HARBOR, Calif., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) today announced an award from the National Science Foundation to launch the Barcoding Life's Matrix Project. Funded through the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program, the three-year project seeks to address science education reform agenda by enlisting the participation of high school students in building a reference DNA barcode library of fish and invertebrate species...

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2011-05-18 08:05:00

In just 10 weeks a team of Canadian researchers has succeeded in 'barcoding' 28,000 moth and butterfly specimens "“ or about 65 percent of Australia's 10,000 known species "“ held at CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) in Canberra. Conducted in collaboration with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) as part of the International Barcode of Life (IBoL), the project involved extracting DNA from each specimen to record its unique genetic code and entering the results,...

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2011-02-06 08:19:17

Things are not always what they seem when it comes to fish"”something scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Ocean Science Foundation are finding out. Using modern genetic analysis, combined with traditional examination of morphology, the scientists discovered that what were once thought to be three species of blenny in the genus Starksia are actually 10 distinct species. The team's findings were published in the scientific journal ZooKeys, Feb. 3. Starksia blennies, small...

2010-12-20 06:00:00

VENTURA, Calif. and HERCULES, Calif., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB), a recognized leader in its ongoing efforts to engage students in DNA barcoding, and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostics products, today announced a collaboration to co-develop DNA barcoding instructional activities for the classroom. The collaboration merges Bio-Rad's expertise in the development...

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2010-10-31 08:25:00

Every species is being tracked through a DNA barcode in an attempt to keep track of the ones that are endangered, as well as those being shipped across international borders as food or consumer products. Researchers believe mobile devices will one day be able to read these digital strips of rainbow-colored barcodes to identify different species by testing tissue samples on site and comparing them to a database. Scientists using fragments of DNA are building the International Barcode of Life...

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2010-09-27 06:00:00

An international team of geneticists announced the opening of a DNA barcode library in Toronto, Canada which represents nearly 80,000 species. The International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) was officially launched by the Minister of Research and Innovation, Glen Murray, during an event at Toronto's CN Tower on Saturday, September 25. The aim of the project is to eventually build a digital ID system for all life on the planet which could help to reduce the time and cost of species...

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2010-05-05 11:34:18

DNA testing of garden ferns sold at plant nurseries in North Carolina, Texas, and California has found that plants marketed as American natives may actually be exotic species from other parts of the globe. The finding relied on a new technique called "DNA barcoding" that uses small snippets of DNA to distinguish between species, in much the same way that a supermarket scanner uses the black lines in a barcode to identify cans of soup or boxes of cereal. A team of North Carolina researchers...

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2010-03-10 08:17:46

University of Minnesota researcher George Weiblen and colleagues have found a faster way to study the spread and diet of insect pests. Using a technique called DNA barcoding, which involves the identification of species from a short DNA sequence, Weiblen and an international team of researchers studied populations of numerous moth and butterfly species across Papua New Guinea. DNA barcodes showed that migratory patterns and caterpillar diets are very dynamic. In one case, a tiny moth that is...

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...

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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,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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