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Making Every Species Count

Building a Bioliterate World

What would it be like to live in a bio-literate world - a world where you could know, in minutes, the name of any animal or plant - any time, anywhere? And not just its name but everything about it - what are its habits, is it endangered, is it dangerous, should it even be there or is it an invader from somewhere else?

How could we use that knowledge to protect our planet's biodiversity and promote human health and well-being?

The International Barcode of Life project (iBOL), the largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken, is unlocking the door to that world by creating a digital identification system for life.

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December Barcode Bulletin
Bulletin Dec 2014 Title Page

Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin which highlights initiatives in DNA barcoding research, applications, and education.


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New Biodiversity Genomics Institute

Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will launch a virtual biodiversity genomics institute.


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Recognizing Achievements
Paul Hebert Aster Award

Paul Hebert was awarded the 2014 Aster Award by the Toronto Botanical Garden and he was featured in the podcast “Bugs, Books and Barcodes”.


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How iBOL Works

It takes a lot of different people with different talents to get the job done.

Read about global participation in iBOL and how it works.

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Building the Barcode Library

2,982,396 specimens
332,047 barcode clusters/species Target for 2015:
5,000,000 specimens
500,000 species Learn more...

Barcoding Campaigns

A number of campaigns have started to collect and register DNA barcodes from specific families and regions of life.

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Get Connected

Get connected with other DNA barcoding participants, scientists, and enthusiasts.

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