The International Barcode of Life Project is a growing library of plant and animal DNA samples that will help identify new species, and protect current ones.

The International Barcode of Life Project is the world’s largest biodiversity genomics project. Scientists at Canada’s University of Guelph are creating a growing library of DNA samples of both plants and animals. Called “barcoding,” this process helps to quickly and easily identify and protect vulnerable species that are under threat of extinction, identify new, previously overlooked species, track and classify biological material after it has been processed, and monitor food that has travelled across multiple borders before arriving in local stores. When fully developed, this technology will be applied to global commerce.

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