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Study: DNA Barcoding in Danger of 'Ringing Up' Wrong Species
August 25, 2008
DNA barcoding is a movement to catalog all life on earth by a simple standardized genetic tag, similar to stores labeling products with unique barcodes. But the approach as currently practiced churns out some results as inaccurately as a supermarket checker scanning an apple and ringing it up as an orange, according to a new Brigham Young University study published online next week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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