The Maine Barcode of Life curriculum uses DNA barcoding to identify and classify organisms based on their genetic code. Barcoding projects allow students to study the changing biodiversity within their local environment, identify native and invasive species, and investigate food fraud.
IXplore provides Mobile Lab Kits and trains teachers and students how to analyze the genetic code using standard lab techniques—like DNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis—use online bioinformatics websites, while also developing analytical skills. Examples of students publications can be found in the BOLDsystems.org database, which catalogs and tracks organisms around the globe.
Barcoding kits are available online from Carolina Biologicals. Maine teachers can contact email@example.com for diverse metazoan invertebrate primers or green crab primers.
DNA Barcoding Classroom Presentation
DNA Barcoding Student Worksheet