14 states ask Congress to investigate the herbal supplement industry after DNA barcoding inquiry

by jeeg 3. April 2015 17:48
  Attorneys general from 14 states are calling on Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a report from New York’s top prosecutor that alleged many products contained ingredients that were not listed on their labels and that could pose serious health risks. The g... [More]

GNC agrees to DNA testing of supplements

by jeeg 31. March 2015 00:01
  GNC has agreed to implement new procedures in all of its 6,000 stores nationwide to authenticate its herbal supplements, following accusations from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that the company was selling tainted and mislabeled products. In reaching what Schneiderman&rsq... [More]

Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind

by jeeg 23. January 2015 00:29
  You wouldn’t think hellbenders would be hard to find: The gargantuan salamanders, the biggest amphibians in North America, can grow up to 30 inches long. Yet hellbenders make themselves scarce, living on the bottoms of mountain streams, lurking under massive rocks. As a result, loca... [More]

Spray-On DNA "Barcode" Tracks Harmful Chemicals

by jeeg 14. January 2015 22:52
  Everything from food, to air to water runs the risk of becoming contaminated. Now chemists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have developed a technology that can detect and track dangerous particles in food and in the air. “The DNA in the material can be u... [More]

FDA pushes DNA barcoding system adoption

by jeeg 23. April 2014 21:28
  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing adoption of its DNA barcoding system, which identifies individual fish species, in an effort to solve the species substitution problem in the United States. The system creates DNA barcodes to identify individual fish species, a project ... [More]

A fish census in a glass of water? DNA offers clues.

by jeeg 17. January 2014 21:28
Researchers can now carry out a fish survey using just a glass of the water in which the fish live. A group of researchers collected about two pint glasses of water from California's Monterey Bay Aquarium's 1.2 million-gallon open sea tank. They then analyzed the DNA in the water samples to d... [More]

Why You Should Care About The Quest To Put DNA Barcodes On Every Species

by jeeg 7. January 2014 22:03
At first glance, the rather grandiose-sounding International Barcode of Life (IBOL) project seems an arcane scientific exercise. But the database – which aims to create unique DNA identification “barcodes” for more than 5 million specimens, or about 500,000 of the earth&rsqu... [More]

Bracing for Carp in Great Lakes, but Debating Their Presence

by jeeg 6. January 2014 22:45
After decades of increasingly dire warnings, countless studies and countermeasures, scientists are beginning to mull over hints of something that few of them wish to contemplate: The despised Asian carp may have finally arrived in the Great Lakes. “May have” are the operative words. T... [More]

Marine Mammal Diversity Can Be Monitored Accurately With DNA

by jeeg 31. December 2013 18:15
Researchers have determined that DNA barcoding could be useful in accurately monitoring marine mammal biodiversity. Up to now, scientists have had a difficult time monitoring marine mammal biodiversity. Some species can be easily observed, while others are more difficult because of their scarcity... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine-DNA Barcoding: The Quiet Revolution

by jeeg 20. December 2013 20:59
Are the boots you’re wearing made from an endangered species?  Is that really beef you’re eating?   Does that new herbal supplement you’re taking actually contain St. John’s Wort?   DNA barcoding is a simple, standardized way of identifying specie... [More]
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