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Life Technologies Collaborates with Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding on Species Biodiversity Study

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation today announced a partnership with the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding in support of the Centre's International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, a global biodiversity study that will genetically sequence and catalogue 5 million specimens and 500,000 species by late 2015.

DNA-based approaches are playing a crucial role in helping scientists to accelerate the identification of the tens-of-millions of species on Earth and the role they play in maintaining the planet's ecosystem. The partnership will enable iBOL project leaders to sequence organisms from developing countries where the threat of extinction is high and biodiversity is often the richest, yet largely undocumented.

Using Life Technologies' Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) sequencing instruments, iBOL researchers will generate species-specific genetic barcodes for each specimen and deposit the data into the international reference library – Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - for use by the international scientific community.

"Our collaboration with Life Technologies is invaluable to ensure completion of this important endeavor," said Dr. Paul Hebert, Scientific Director of iBOL, who first developed the concept of DNA barcoding. "The data we will gather from around the world will expand the scientific community's understanding of many previously unknown species and the critical role they play in our planet's equilibrium." 

The partnership will focus on two projects: The first will analyze species diversity in insect samples taken from sites around the world to expand coverage in the DNA barcode reference library for this critical, but poorly characterized, group. The second project will study biodiversity patterns in Central and South America &#

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