For the past 6 years, high school students and teachers across Long Island have participated in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center’s research program, Barcode Long Island (BLI). Through this National Institutes of Health funded program, student teams use DNA barcoding to address biodiversity-focused research projects. Just as a unique pattern of bars in a universal product code (UPC) identifies each item for sale in a store, a DNA barcode is a DNA sequence that can potentially identify each living thing. DNA barcoding integrates big ideas from molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, ecology, and biodiversity – while at the same time providing the flexibility to address a variety of student-driven questions. The program culminates annually with a student symposium.
Join us for our BLI Symposium keynote address, “Wildlife Detectives: The story of genome research, discovery and exploration and the critical role of museum science” presented by Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Associate Director of Science at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Johnson will respond to questions about her talk posted in the YouTube chat.