Archives for May 2010

DNA of life being bar coded

A huge and growing database of DNA in bar code format is being compiled at www.barcodinglife.org. There are currently over 700,000 different entries of all life forms including plants. The Third International Barcoding of Life conference formally unveiled Version 2.5 of this database that now includes very short genetic sequences enabling scanning using the black stripes of a Universal Product Code. The DNA of Life or the ultimate taxonomy tool.