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DNA Barcoding

DNA Barcoding

A DNA barcode is a short DNA sequence that identifies an organism. It can be obtained from a specimen reasonably quickly and cheaply. Applications of DNA barcoding include identifying plant leaves, insect larvae or products in commerce.

Materials for DNA Barcoding

Animation

Barcoding 101 Classroom Downloads

Description: Download lesson plans, worksheets, DNA barcoding instructions, animations and more to bring DNA barcoding to your classroom.

Articles/Research

The Barcoding Landscape

Description: Learn more about ongoing DNA Barcoding projects around the world.

The International Barcode of Life project

Description: Learn more about DNA barcoding, the iBOL genomics initiative, and get updates on what is happening in the field of barcoding.

The Natural World - Understanding Evolution and Protecting Our Biological Ecosystems

Description: Darwin could never have imagined the full complexity of the tree of life, but genomic technologies have been used to illuminate the natural world in amazing ways. We are all connected to every living thing on earth, from plants to animals to microbes, through our genomes. Find an engaging article, video, and links to explore this topic further.

Labs & Experiments

Barcoding Experiment

Description: Videos and detailed instructions for conducting a DNA barcoding laboratory experiment

Gel Electrophoresis

Description: Build your own gel electrophoresis device from scratch with simple materials, and use electricity to separate colored dyes. Gel electrophoresis is a powerful technique used to manipulate and analyze DNA.

Teacher Resources

Barcoding 101 (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: DNA barcoding provides a practical way to bring open-ended experimentation into biology classes. Find all you need to bring DNA barcoding to your classroom.

Barcoding 101 Classroom Downloads

Description: Download lesson plans, worksheets, DNA barcoding instructions, animations and more to bring DNA barcoding to your classroom.

DNA Barcoding and the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Project

Description: A rich source of teaching materials and instructional guides for one of the largest biodiversity genomics initiatives

Video

The Natural World - Understanding Evolution and Protecting Our Biological Ecosystems

Description: Darwin could never have imagined the full complexity of the tree of life, but genomic technologies have been used to illuminate the natural world in amazing ways. We are all connected to every living thing on earth, from plants to animals to microbes, through our genomes. Find an engaging article, video, and links to explore this topic further.