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UBP/UBRP 2015–16 Symposium!

Student teams presented research posters at a symposium held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on Friday, June 3, 2016. Visit the Symposium page to view the project posters.

SURE Survey

Congratulations to all UBP participants! The SURE survey is crucial to the success of the UBP; please complete the survey today.

New school year!

Will it be animals, plants, or fungi? Would you like to participate in the Urban Barcode Project this school year? Learn about the project and review the guidelines using the links in the menu above. Watch this space for information on proposal submission in early fall.


UBP and UBRP students presented posters on their projects on June 3, 2016

Learn more about the 2015-16 best poster award winners.

NY Attorney General Confirms Urban Barcode Project Herbal Supplement Fraud

On February 3, 2015 the New York State Attorney General ordered GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target to cease and desist selling a number of herbal supplements that DNA barcoding tests had shown do not contain the advertised plant. Among the supplements tested, none of ginkgo samples from all four companies contained any Ginkgo biloba DNA; however, the DNA barcode for rice was commonly identified. This mirrored the DNA barcoding results obtained in 2012 by Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science students Bobby Glover, Mary Achaempong, and Marisa VanBrakle and their teacher Allison Granberry. The Bronx high school team won first prize in the annual UBP competition conducted by the DNA Learning Center.

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