Barcoding 101

Samper, Cristián
February 2008
Smithsonian;Feb2008, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p26
The article focuses on mosquitoes, which have the ability to transmit malaria to humans, killing a million people worldwide per year. DNA barcoding, which was invented by geneticist Paul Hebert, has helped scientists to identify a particular species of mosquito in northern Brazil that carries the disease. The barcodes are generated by DNA sequencing machines that are capable of reading a segment of DNA similar to a machine that can read barcodes. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation convened a Consortium for the Barcode of Live (CBOL) which seeks to create a library of DNA barcodes and is located at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.


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