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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

Introduction to DNA Barcoding

Description: An interactive presentation on DNA barcoding and the International Barcode of Life project

Articles/Research

Building the DNA Barcode System for the World's Animals, Plants, and Fungi (PDF 2.12 MB)

Description: A detailed report with illustrations describing recent DNA barcoding achievements

Labs & Experiments

Barcoding Experiment

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

Teacher Resources

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

Introduction to DNA Barcoding

Description: An interactive presentation on DNA barcoding and the International Barcode of Life project

Video

Urban Barcode Project: 2012 Participant Reflections

Description: A video introducing the Urban Barcode Project, a science competition that used DNA barcoding to explore biodiversity in New York City