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Genetics

02 November 2010

All species DNA to be barcoded

Every species, even the extinct, is set to get its own DNA barcode to better track the ones that are endangered, as well as those being shipped as food or consumer products.

Every species, from extinct to thriving, is set to get its own DNA barcode in an attempt to better track the ones that are endangered, as well as those being shipped across international borders as food or consumer products.

Global library
"What we're trying to do is to create this global library of DNA barcodes - snippets, little chunks of DNA - that permit us to identify species," Alex Smith, assistant professor of molecular ecology at the University of Guelph's Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.

 

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