To launch this project in Italy, CusMiBio made contact with Dave Micklos, Director of DNALC. The DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is the world's first science center devoted entirely to genetics education and is an operating unit of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an important center for molecular genetics research.

DNALC was the first to launch the Urban barcode project (UBP) in New York City in 2011 with the support of the Sloan Foundation and is continuing it this year. By organizing the first CBP in Italy, CusMiBio wants to implement an open-ended, authentic research project to engage large numbers of students in a meaningful experience with scientific research within the context of a major urban school system.

This project will encourage students to consider the diversity of other living things and products in their urban backyard, in their parks, homes, restaurants, and stores. This is a much needed opportunity for the bright and diverse High School students to explore the science around them and to engage their curiosity for nature without being limited by an urban setting.

DNALC has created a simplified bioinformatic platform, specifically designed and adapted for the project, for the access to the barcode database and has authorized the access and use of the platform by CusMiBio.



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Milano Barcode Project 2012-13!

CusMiBio is pleased to announce the first round of the Milan City Barcode Project CBP! We invite high school students and teachers to participate in this new school year. Please refer to the guidelines under the "About the Project" section. If you have questions about the project and how to participate, please e-mail


UBP Winners 2011-12 in New York City

UBP Winners

Bobby Glover, Marisa VanBrakle, and Mary Acheampong and their teacher Allison Granberry from Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science in the Bronx shared the top prize for their winning project "Traditional Chinese Medicine: Using Barcodes to Identify the Content of Ginkgo Products".