Canadian Discovery Becomes a World-Wide Sensation

December 4, 2011 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Back in 2003, Canadian Paul D. N. Herbert from the University of Guelph’s Zoology department, penned a paper suggesting the creation of a DNA barcode database to identify species taxonomy. The method utilized the mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) to serve as the core of a global bioidentification system for animals. Herbert claimed that the COI identification system would provide a reliable, cost-effective and accessible solution to the current problem of species
identification. Its assembly would also generate important new insights into the diversification of life and the rules of molecular evolution.

Fast forward eight years later and the Barcode of Life project now contains genomic information on more than 167,000 species.

Last week, the University of Adelaide hosted the first-ever Southern Hemisphere barcode conference, co-organized by Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) and co-hosted by several biodiversity institutions and initiatives in Australia. Among other topics, the conference focused on DNA barcoding applications in:

  • restaurant ingredients
  • medical ingredients
  • food chain analysis

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