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Press Release 08-146

DNA Barcodes: Are They Always Accurate?

Study questions reliability of some results

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Photo of heron and its "DNA barcode".

This heron is shown with its "DNA barcode," which provides biologists with information about its relationship to other animals.

Credit: Biodiversity Institute of Ontario


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Photo of scientist Hojun Song of Brigham Young University.

Scientist Hojun Song of Brigham Young University and colleagues found that DNA barcoding is not always accurate.

Credit: Brigham Young University


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