High-tech Amateur Research Investigates Fish DNA in NYC

This summer, two recent graduates of Trinity School in Manhattan conducted an impressive research program of amateur science that might send food critics and restaurateurs rolling through the streets of New York City.

And, if you happened to click on the school’s link above you will notice that we’re talking about high school students!

Using a recently developed technique called DNA bar coding, a species can be identified by looking at a single gene without the need to sequence the entire genome. So, Kate Stoeckle and Louisa Strauss went out into the city and ate a lot of sushi and preserved a bit of each sample to send off to a lab for testing. At the University of Guelph in Ontario, a graduate student who works in the “Fish Bar Code of Life” project completed the genetic analysis and compared the results to the thousands of fish species already identified in their database.

Read more about how the two young citizen scientists became interested in sushi ID’ing and what they discovered…
“Fish Tale Has DNA Hook: Students Find Bad Labels” :: The New York Times :: August 21, 2008 :: [ READ ]

Bar code of Life Database [ VISIT ]

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Last updated August 3, 2020