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UBP 2015–16

Sponsoring teachers can visit the Registration page to access student team accounts.

SURE Survey

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


Summer Teacher Training

Would you like to participate in the Urban Barcode Project with your students in the next school year? Sign up for the UBP Teacher Training Workshop at the Harlem DNA Lab, to be held August 23-26, 2016.

Urban Barcode Research Program

UBRP students presented posters and gave talks on their projects on June 15, 2015. Watch the presentations on the DNALC Livestream site.

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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