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Meet the DNA detectives fighting to stop the next Horsegate

Sept 20, 2019

“Seven years on from the horse meat scandal, the number of food fraud cases keep going up. But now a phalanx of food inspectors armed with next-generation DNA tests hope they can fight back against doctored fish, herbs and health foods.”

Biodiversity analysis project receives $166,666 boost from Ontario Research Fund 

Sept 10, 2019

“We want to go from high-throughput data to high-throughput knowledge. In light of the climate and biodiversity crises, it is urgent to build the tools needed to monitor and protect biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems.”

How BIOSCAN is inspiring the next generation of researchers

Sept 3, 2019

“They were enlightened by the idea of discovering new species and by the possibility of doing so using DNA barcoding tools.”

Increasing Visibility of LGBTQ+ People in STEM

July 5, 2019

“The artificial family assemblage of people can feel quite the opposite, often resulting in LGBT+ identifiers leading two very different lives in and outside of their place of work”

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation provide CBG with $0.65 million

May 15, 2019

The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics has received a $650,000 CDN award to obtain a Sequel II System. Its acquisition will benefit all members of the iBOL Consortium by providing the advantages of SMRT Sequencing and making it more affordable for scientists to drive discovery with comprehensive views of genomes and transcriptomes.

Mail & Guardian: Massive DNA drive to record all life forms

November 9, 2015

“Two insects can appear identical but, while one could be benign the other could be an agricultural pest that could endanger food ­supplies and cause … economic hardships”

Guelph Mercury: World needs action on biodiversity, scientists tell Guelph audience

August 19, 2015

“We must learn to become as enthusiastic about diversity management as we are about conservation. It comes down to conservation versus sustainable use.”

CTV News: Truth in advertising? DNA barcoding shines light on commercial claims

August 19, 2015

“In a little over a decade, it’s gone from an idea in the mind of a University of Guelph professor to one of the largest biodiversity research sectors in the world.”

CBC News: Professor Paul Hebert wants to bar-code DNA of all species

August 17, 2015
The first part of Hebert’s new project is to raise $2.5 billion dollars needed to fund what he projects to be a 25-year project. Hebert and the University of Guelph are hosting a conference this week with more than 500 scientists from more than 50 countries to discuss the fist steps of the new mission.

“Our work has a time urgency to it, because much of life on this planet is in peril, especially in the tropics, there is every reason to believe that one in five species on our planet could be gone by the year 2100 and with that will go, what I like to call, the Books of Life.”

Radio Canada International: Canadians in the forefront of a daunting challenge

August 11, 2015
Professor Hebert spoke to RCI from his office at the University of Guelph.

“Audacity? All Hebert wants to do over the next 20 to 25 years is lead a team of scientists and researchers to genetically index every one of the multicellular species on earth.”

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The Globe and Mail: Canadian scientist’s mission: Barcode every species on earth

August 9, 2015
The new proposal would turn DNA barcoding into a megascience, a major leap for a technique that has sometimes met with resistance from other researchers.

“We’re going to pitch this project as humanity’s need to know.”

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