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Friday, January 04, 2008

Florida museum to make marine taxonomy data OA

Florida Museum receives $186,000 for DNA bar-coding project, a press release from the University of Florida, January 4, 2008.  (Thanks to Gavin Baker.)  Excerpt:

The Florida Museum of Natural History received $186,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Tuesday to identify and prepare 25,000 marine specimens as part of a new international DNA barcoding project....

Florida Museum Malacology Curator Gustav Paulay expects the project to eventually yield public, online databases for species identification that also will create evolutionary tree diagrams with the click of a button.

“The point of this is to make the taxonomic information as available as possible,” said Paulay, a world-renowned coral reef expert and co-principal investigator on the two-year project known as the Marine Barcode of Life....