NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Ontario Genomics Institute said yesterday that it is investing in a Canadian public and private effort to develop a DNA barcode-based point-of-contact test that would recognize different groups of animal species in random plant and animal food samples.
OGI said it is investing in the effort, which includes the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the company Safeguard Biosystems, through its Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund. The institute did not say how much funding it is providing to the project, but the Biodiversity Institute receives its funding from Genome Canada through OGI, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation, as well as from private and public funders.
The research will be led by the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding’s Associate Director Mehrdad Hajibabaei, and will involve Biodiversity Institute Director Paul Hebert and other international collaborators.
The barcoding tests will be based on Safeguard’s 3D Sensor Array technology, OGI said.
Safeguard CEO Richard Strafehl said in a statement that DNA barcoding is “a key discovery that will lead to the development of a series of products applicable to various areas including agriculture, forensics, and public health and safety.”