metabarcoding numts

My PhD was hard. The grasshopper I was investigating (Chorthippus paralellus) had a huge number of mtDNA insertions into the nuclear chromosomal DNA (numt, pronounced ‘new-might’). PCR tended to amplify multiple templates. It was hard to get genuine mtDNA sequences. numts are known from almost all animals, though in most species they don’t get in…

Rewriting the invention of DNA barcoding

Today I got an email from David E. Schindel, who is the Executive Secretary of the┬áConsortium for the Barcode of Life, announcing Google funding for DNA barcoding. The project aims to create a reference library of endangered species COI sequences so that DNA barcoding can be used as a tool against wildlife trafficking. Good for…