Experts sign International DNA bar-coding agreement

by jeeg 6. November 2013 22:00
Held for the first time on the Chinese mainland, the four-day conference in the provincial capital city of Kunming has drawn up the Kunming Declaration to promote unity in the global bar-coding community, a Chinese state run news agency reported."The declaration in Kunming is one of the most importa... [More]

Kyoto researchers develop DNA software that can halt food fraud

by jeeg 21. October 2013 22:48
A group of researchers at Kyoto University has developed DNA barcoding software that can prevent the fraudulent mislabeling of farm products and seafood, and also help police at crime scenes determine the origin of substances they uncover. Utilizing the newly developed software, users can easil... [More]

'CSI'-like DNA study finds herbal products don't always list all contents on the label

by jeeg 12. October 2013 00:06
DNA doesn't lie. And when scientists from the University of Guelph scoured the DNA in a number of herbal products, they found that many times the labels on the merchandise didn't accurately reflect what was in the container. Some products contained fillers like wheat or rice that were not listed... [More]

Forensic analyst debunks food claims using DNA

by jeeg 20. September 2013 21:19
Restaurateurs beware: Chris Weland is not the guy you want to serve a bogus meat dish to if he is out for a meal. The forensic analyst at the University of Guelph’s Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding has used his former police sleuthing skills and the university’s revolutionary bar... [More]

'High Tech' DNA Detectives

by jeeg 12. August 2013 18:59
San Diego County Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Biotechnology students at High Tech High School (HTH) recently worked with the San Diego Zoo's Department of Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES) to complete a successful DNA identification process of dried meat in what prov... [More]

'Insect soup' holds DNA key for monitoring biodiversity

by jeeg 5. August 2013 19:12
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown that sequencing the DNA of crushed up creepy crawlies can accelerate the monitoring and cataloguing of biodiversity around the world. Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown that sequencing the DNA of crushed up creepy crawlies ... [More]

What's Swimming In The River? Just Look For DNA

by jeeg 26. July 2013 21:54
If you want to protect rare species, first you have to find them. In the past few years, biologists have developed a powerful new tool to do that. They've discovered that they can often find traces of animal DNA in streams, ponds — even oceans. The idea took root just five years ago, wh... [More]

Genetic Testing Shows Fins of Endangered Sharks Found in U.S. Soup Bowls

by jeeg 7. September 2012 22:43
Genetic testing of shark fin soup from cities across the United States has found DNA from eight endangered and threatened shark species.   In the first nationwide analysis of shark fin soup, bowls of the Asian delicacy served in 13 out the 14 U.S. cities tested were found to contain spe... [More]
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