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International Barcode of Life

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The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) brings together scientists and scientific organizations from all over the world with an aim to "illuminate biodiversity - every multicellular species - for the benefit of all life." The iBOL research alliance is an internal collaboration that builds DNA barcode reference libraries, along with associated facilities, platforms, and protocols needed to inventory and assess biodiversity. Their BARCODE 500K program raised approximately $125 million from a variety of private and federal funders and delivered DNA barcodes for 500,000 unique species by 2015. iBOL's current program (begun in June 2019), BIOSCAN, has three primary components that explore how DNA barcodes can "speed species discovery, to probe species interactions, and to track species dynamics." Visitors to the site will find an array of useful and well-organized information, including a link to the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) database, a freely available online workbench that includes a library of the DNA barcodes. Another useful feature of the site is mBRAVE, a research and visualization environment that builds on the BOLD database.
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2019-10-18
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