DNA Barcoding

Herbal products omit ingredients, contain fillers

The study, published today in the open access journal BMC Medicine, used DNA barcoding technology to test 44 herbal products sold by 12 companies. Only two of…

DNA barcoding of parasitic worms: Is it kosher?

When rabbis from the Orthodox Union started finding worms in cans of sardines and capelin eggs, they turned to scientists at the American Museum of Natural…

New study reveals coral reefs may support much more biodiversity than previously thought

At depths of 26 to 39 feet, the scientists collected dead coral from five different locations. At two sites where removing coral is prohibited, the scientists…

Mercury is higher in some tuna species, according to DNA barcoding

New research showing that that mercury levels are higher in some species of tuna could help consumers minimize their consumption of the silvery metal in their…

Hidden habits and movements of insect pests revealed by DNA barcoding

Using a technique called DNA barcoding, which involves the identification of species from a short DNA sequence, Weiblen and an international team of…

Mescal 'worm' test shows DNA leaks into preservatives

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…

CU-Boulder team identifies DNA 'barcodes' to help track illegal trading of wildlife products

Identifying such DNA barcodes can help wildlife officials crack down on illegal bushmeat trafficking since many animal species are in sharp decline from…

UBC researchers help push for standard DNA barcodes for plants

Barcodes based on portions of DNA – the taxonomical equivalent to UPC barcodes on products – have already emerged as a viable solution for uniquely identifying…

Ecologists identify birds struck in Hudson River crash as migratory Canada geese

Using forensic data from feather remains, scientists have identified the birds that caused the Jan. 15 airline crash into the Hudson River as migratory Canada…

DNA barcoding of mosquito species deployed in bid to end elephantiasis

New biotechnologies that allow scientists to quickly and accurately distinguish species based on a simple DNA analysis are being creatively deployed for the…

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