Tiny creatures making a big splash in Ontario mines

Published on: November 13, 2016

By Kylie Williams

Stored in the basement of a building at the University of Guelph is an unusual library. As of late June 2016, it contained five million snippets of DNA or “barcodes” for 550,000 unique species – the first and largest collection of DNA barcodes in the world.

Ontario is the birthplace of DNA barcoding. Dr. Paul Hebert, director of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) at the university, began collecting short, standardized regions of genetic material to quickly and definitively identify plants and animals in 2003, and was awarded the Order of Canada for his pioneering work in 2015.

Read the full article: Ontario Mining Review Fall 2016