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Benchmarking DNA barcodes: an assessment using available primate sequences


Benchmarking DNA barcodes: an assessment using available primate sequences

Hajibabaei, Mehrdad, Singer, Gregory AC and Hickey, Donal A. (2006) Benchmarking DNA barcodes: an assessment using available primate sequences. Genome, 49 (7). pp. 851-854. ISSN 0831-2796

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DNA barcoding has been recently promoted as a method for both assigning specimens to known species and for discovering new and cryptic species. Here we test both the potential and the limitations of DNA barcodes by analysing a group of well-studied organisms—the primates. Our results show that DNA barcodes provide enough information to efficiently identify and delineate primate species, but that they cannot reliably uncover many of the deeper phylogenetic relationships. Our conclusion is that these short DNA sequences do not contain enough information to build reliable molecular phylogenies or define new species, but that they can provide efficient sequence tags for assigning unknown specimens to known species. As such, DNA barcoding provides enormous potential for use in global biodiversity studies.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Biology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Hajibabaei, Mehrdad and Singer, Gregory AC and Hickey, Donal A.
Journal or Publication:Genome
Date:21 July 2006
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1139/G06-025
Keywords:DNA barcoding, species identification, primate, biodiversity
ID Code:7591
Deposited By: Danielle Dennie
Deposited On:11 May 2011 22:16
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:31


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