Barcode of Life

What is Barcode of Life?

Barcode of Life meaning a project to create a public collection of reference sequences from vouchered specimens of all species of life. A Barcode sequence is a short nucleotide sequence from a standard genetic locus for use in species identification. For animals, this standard genetic locus is a 650 base pair region on the 5′ end of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) gene.

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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