Bring your own sample: Identify fungi using DNA barcoding
Date(s) - Sunday, April 14, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Biotech Without Borders
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For this hands-on workshop, you are invited to bring your own mystery fungus to identify (but you can use one of our fungal samples if you want). We will be using DNA barcoding to identify the unknown organism, no previous lab experience required. Participants will be coached by instructors through the laboratory techniques required to extract DNA from their sample and perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR). At the end of this session, participants will know some of the theory and practical aspects of DNA barcoding and working with fungi. The results of the barcode identification will be emailed to participants about a week later.
DNA barcoding is the process by which organisms are identified by comparing short sequences in their genome to similar specimens that have been previously sequenced. When paired with classical morphological observations, barcoding offers an improved understanding of evolutionary lineage and the potential to discover previously unknown organisms. We are eager to see the applied knowledge of this technology reach a wider audience and to inform the public about how molecular biology has influenced organism identification