Thursday, November 11, 2010

All Life Gets A DNA Barcode (Video) *Searchable index of every species*

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All life on earth to be in digital library


International Barcode of Life: creating a searchable index of every species on Earth

The goal of the International Barcode of Life Project is to capture, using a handheld device, the unique "DNA barcode" of each and every species on earth, and organize that information to be accessible and useful for everyone (sound familiar?). A DNA barcode is a gene sequence that uniquely identifies any species, and iBOL has already barcoded 35,000 of them . There are approximately 10M species on the planet (half of which have yet to be discovered), so there's a long way to go, but the components for success are in place.

(Reuters) "All Life on Earth to Get a Barcode":  Oct 29 - Using DNA fragments, researchers at Canada's University of Guelph hope to build a barcode library of all species on Earth that can be used to save endangered species and monitor food supplies as they travel across borders. Ben Gruber reports.



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