DNA Barcode Library

Back in 2008, we discussed the Barcode of Life Initiative, in which scientists wanted to use some sort of handheld barcode reader that would be able to read a segment of a specimen’s DNA in order to identify the specie.

Today, the DNA Barcode Library has opened in Toronto, Canada. Nearly 80,000 species are represented in the Library and ultimately, the plan is to have a digital ID system for all life on the planet. DNA barcoding allows a future where anyone can easily access the names and biological attributes of every species on earth.
In addition, DNA barcoding will play a key role in the conservation of endangered species, and also monitor species that are harmful to humans.

Although its been a couple of years since we first started discussing the Barcode of Life Initiative, the project actually started in 2003 and its predicted that by 2015, there will be more than five million specimens entered into the DNA library.

Once a handheld barcode reader is available to examine tissue samples and is connected with the database, scientists foresee endless possibilities. Let us know how you think the DNA Barcode Library should/could be used by commenting here, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.