DNA Barcoding on Canada AM.

Prof. Paul Hebert of the University of Guelph was featured on a recent segment of CTV’s Canada AM in their Canadians on the Cutting Edge series. Click here to view the segment. There has been a massive amount of press coverage of DNA barcoding over the past few years, and you can see more at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding.

2 comments to DNA Barcoding on Canada AM.

  • TR Gregory

    By the way, DNA barcoding has absolutely nothing to do with cloning, dinosaurs, or Jurassic Park. But I guess the link is irresistible to reporters whenever DNA is mentioned in any context. [Sigh].


  • TheBrummell

    An interesting little piece…

    Dr. Hebert is quite a good public speaker, in my opinion. I won’t blame him for the weird Jurassic Park non-sequitor, or the blithely-mentioned figure of 10 million species on Earth. Current estimates are around 1.8 million described species, right? I’ve seen estimates for total Earth biodiversity ranging from about 5 million up to 100 million. Where did they get their 10 million estimate?

    Also, the mention of cloning dinosaurs “using DNA” brings to mind the question: could an organism be cloned without using DNA? How odd.


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