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UBP 2014–15 Concludes...

Participants presented posters at the AMNH on May 27 and seven finalist teams gave talks on June 8. Watch the project presentations on the DNALC Livestream site.

Congratulations to UBP Grand Prize winners Armani Khan and Jessica Kuppan, mentored by Karen Wong, from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture! See complete results on the finalists page.

SURE Survey

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

NEW! Barcode Long Island

We have launched a new student research project on Long Island (which includes Brooklyn and Queens!). Teacher training workshops are scheduled in the summer. Get info on the Barcode Long Island site.


Urban Barcode Research Program

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

NY Attorney General Confirms Urban Barcode Project Herbal Supplement Fraud

On February 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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