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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.

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

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