Navigation Links
Building a digital library for life on Earth
Date:9/24/2010

Toronto The largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken an international effort to build a digital identification system for all life on Earth will be officially activated this week.

The International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) will be launched by the Minister of Research and Innovation, Glen Murray, during an event at Toronto's CN Tower on Saturday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.

By enabling automated, rapid and inexpensive species identifications, iBOL will transform biodiversity science and its applications throughout society. "We are witnessing alarming rates of species extinction," said iBOL Scientific Director Paul Hebert, "but efforts to reverse that trend are hampered by huge gaps in our knowledge about the distribution and diversity of life. DNA barcoding promises a future where everyone will have rapid access to the names and biological attributes of every species on Earth."

Dr. Hebert said that DNA barcodes will be a vital tool not only for conservation but also for monitoring species that have adverse impacts on human health and economic wellbeing. "We are only beginning to scratch the surface of how DNA barcoding will impact the way we live, work and play," he said.

DNA barcoding is a method for identifying species using a short DNA sequence from a standard location on the genome. The technique dramatically reduces the time and cost of species identification. Moreover, because DNA barcode libraries are in digital format, fully automated identification is now possible for a growing number of species.

Work over the past five years has produced one million barcode records representing almost 80,000 species and provided the impetus for the launch of iBOL, the large-scale genomics project that will not only massively expand the DNA barcode reference library but also develop the technologies to read it, including a table-top barcoder.

iBOL has been established as a not-for-profit corporation overseen by an international board of directors representing funding organizations. More than 25 countries are involved and major commitments have been made toward the Phase 1 (2010-2015) operating budget of $150 million. The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph will soon treble in size to both accommodate the iBOL secretariat and greatly expanded facilities for barcode analysis and data storage.

By the end of the first phase in 2015, consortium members will have entered DNA barcode records from five million specimens representing half a million species into the interactive Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) databank, creating the launchpad for a subsequent push towards a DNA barcode reference library for all of Earth's animal, plant and fungal species.

"The International Barcode of Life is assembling a global network of taxonomists, biologists and geneticists to embark on the next great exploration of the natural world," said Dr. Christian Burks, President and CEO of the Ontario Genomics Institute and Chair of the iBOL Consortium board of directors. "It will bring about fundamental changes in the way we view Earth's biodiversity and our relationship to it."


'/>"/>

Contact: John Chenery
jchenery@ibol.org
519-835-1273
International Barcode of Life
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Researchers tap into cell power to create building skins that adapt to heat/light of environment
2. Study offers historic buildings protection from climate change
3. Rebuilding flood plains, agriculture, economy
4. Study shows adding UV light helps form Missing G of RNA building blocks
5. Applied physicists create building blocks for a new class of optical circuits
6. Optical Legos: Building nanoshell structures
7. Scrubbing chemical-contaminated buildings clean with lasers
8. Climate change and mountain building led to mammal diversity patterns
9. Homebuilding beyond the abyss
10. Moderate amounts of protein per meal found best for building muscle
11. University of Miami facility awarded prestigious LEED Green Building Certification
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/11/2016)... Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA ), the ... its ClearPad ® TouchView ™ 4300 touch ... categories in the 8 th Annual Mobile Excellence ... The Synaptics ® TDDI solution enables faster time-to-market, ... devices, brighter displays and borderless designs. ...
(Date:1/8/2016)... Kingdom , Jan. 8, 2016   Bruin Biometrics, ... today announced the closing of a $9 million financing. The ... the financing will be used to accelerate the commercialization of ... early-stage pressure ulcers. United Kingdom ... Mark approval. The device,s introduction has been met with enthusiasm ...
(Date:1/7/2016)... , Jan. 7, 2016 This BCC ... markets for biometric technologies and devices, identifying newer markets ... for various types of biometric devices. Includes forecast from ... Identify newer markets and explore the expansion of ... devices. Examine each type of biometric technology, determine its ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... multilingual testing services, announced today the launch of its revamped and improved website. ... scalable language service solutions, the redesigned website will better communicate how the company ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... 2016 , ... PharmApprove announced today the hiring ... for Rare Disorders (NORD). Dorman will lead PharmApprove efforts to work with patients, ... drug regulatory review process. , “Adding Diane Dorman is just the latest in ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- BERG, a biopharmaceutical company uncovering health solutions ... the appointment of Jason Haddock as ... brings to BERG over 20 years of experience ... financial functions at pharmaceutical companies, as well as ... Niven R. Narain , BERG,s Chief ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... DELHI , February 8, 2016 ... Invictus Oncology Private Limited, an innovation-driven oncology company ... effective and less toxic, today announced that chairman ... Tata, has invested in the company as part ... financing round, joining existing investors Navam Capital and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: