NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Canadian government announced last week that its Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the University of Guelph's Biodiversity Institute of Ontario will team up to create new genomic and DNA barcoding tools to improve species identification.

The CFIA will contribute C$323,000 ($222,648) over 18 months to support the collaboration.

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