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Kyoto researchers develop DNA software that can halt fish fraud

| | October 22, 2013

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A group of researchers at Kyoto University has developed DNA barcoding software that can prevent the fraudulent mislabeling of farm products and seafood, and also help police at crime scenes determine the origin of substances they uncover.

Utilizing the newly developed software, users can easily determine the species of living objects based on their DNA sequence information. The development of the software was announced in the U.S. scientific research journal Plos One on Oct. 18.

“Prices of yellowfin tuna and Pacific bluefin tuna are drastically different. But if they are used in cooking, it is difficult even for experts to distinguish between them. If you use this software, you can easily detect mislabeling,” said Akifumi Tanabe, who played the central role in the software’s development.

Read the full, original story here: Kyoto researchers develop DNA software that can halt food fraud

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