.. DNA barcoding ..

I've been reading a lot of Wired Science lately, and you should too! I came across a post today about researchers from Columbia who visited a number of sushi restaurants and completed genetic tests on the fish they ordered. On a number of occasions, they found some unpleasant surprises in the sushi (e.g., escolar masquerading as tuna, or even the use of endangered southern bluefin tuna in their sushi).

This study was completed in part to further DNA barcoding as a method of species identification. The end goal is to create a complete database of fish species (FISH-BOL), so that in the future, anyone with a DNA reader can easily and definitively identify fish.

Source | Wired Science
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