DNA Barcoding Makes International Headlines

April 27, 2010 - In the News

The May issue of National Geographic magazine includes a feature story on Prof. Paul Hebert and DNA barcoding. The piece includes a photo gallery and story about how DNA barcoding reduces species identification time and has led to the discovery of overlooked species around the world. It also discussed how the technology has numerous practical applications, from ecosystem conservation to biosurveillance to food safety.

U of G is home to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), which is also the scientific hub for the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, the world's largest biodiversity genomics project. Hebert, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, is the director of BIO and the scientific director of iBOL.

National Geographic is published by the National Geographic Society, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world.

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