Integrated DNA Technologies Release: Creating a Digital Identification System for Life

Published: Jul 30, 2012

CORALVILLE, IA – 30th July 2012 – The latest issue of DECODED, Integrated DNA Technologies’ (IDT’s), quarterly newsletter, highlights The International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) which aims to construct a comprehensive library of DNA sequence tags, or “barcodes”, for eukaryotic life. The five-year project aims to acquire DNA barcode records for 5 million individual specimens, representing over 500,000 species, creating a publically available resource to drive collaborative projects that describe new species, uncover hidden cryptic diversity and even identify errors in curated collections. Since the protocols are focussed on high throughput batch processing, quality and consistency is critical. IDT primers have provided consistent results, due to IDT’s strict quality control procedures.

The Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB), part of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, is the main DNA barcoding facility for iBOL. CCDB has already generated over 1.2 million barcodes, and its high throughput operation is currently generating barcodes at a rate of 350,000 per year.

You can read the full story of The International Barcode of Life Project in the latest issue of IDT’s quarterly newsletter, DECODED. For more information about IDT’s complete product portfolio, and to sign up to receive Decoded, visit For real-time news and updates, follow us on Twitter @idtdna.

About IDT

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) is the largest supplier of custom nucleic acids in the United States, serving academic, government, and commercial researchers in biotechnology, clinical diagnostics, and pharmaceutical development. IDT's primary business is the manufacture of custom, synthetic DNA and RNA oligonucleotides. Today, IDT synthesizes and ships an average of 36,000 custom oligos per day to more than 86,000 customers worldwide. IDT manufacturing locations include facilities in Coralville, Iowa; San Diego, Calif.; and Leuven, Belgium. For more information visit

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