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Urban Barcode Project (UBP) 2014–2015

It's barcoding time! We are now accepting applications for the UBP 2014–2015 academic year! Proposal submission is open! Questions? Contact Antonia Florio for more information.

UBP Open Labs

Register now for Open Lab sessions at Harlem DNA Lab in November and December.

Pre-SURE Survey

Congratulations to all students whose UBP proposals have been accepted! Remember to fill out the Pre-SURE survey so you can access open labs and footlockers.

NEW! Barcode Long Island

We are launching a new student research project on Long Island (which includes Brooklyn and Queens!). Info sessions and a teacher training workshop are scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Get info on the DNA Learning Center site.


NY Attorney General Confirms Urban Barcode Project Herbal Supplement Fraud

On Frebruary 3rd 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 Urban Barcode Project competition conducted by the DNA Learning Center.

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