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"Dude, What Fish is This?" - Fish Barcoding Workshop for Teens & Adults

WhenSaturday, August 2, 2014 - 9:00am

Natural History Museum

Event Location

Q?rius, Barbara and Craig Barrett Lab, ground floor Northwest


Free, but registration is required. To register, email:


Stories about mislabeling in our food supply have been making headlines. Take a look at your local fish counter -- can you tell the difference between the various fillets? What exactly is that fish in your fish taco? Is the "crab" in your sushi roll real crab?

YOU can barcode it! Join the National Museum of Natural History in an exciting laboratory-based workshop.


  • Discover what's really in grocery store fish fillets by reading their DNA barcode.
  • Explore real DNA analysis techniques used by our very own Natural History Museum researchers.

Our workshop leader is Dr. Steve Bond, a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Human Genome Research Institute. Steve has over fifteen years of experience manipulating DNA in the laboratory and is excited to show you how it's done.

You can bring your own fish sample from a sushi restaurant or grocer and test it to see if it was labled correctly. Use state of the art laboratory equipment to isolate DNA, and learn the techniques that researchers use to determine what your fish sample is!

Workshops are offered on the first Saturday of each month and are recommended for ages 13 and up.

To register, email Pat Phelps:
Photograph of instructor Steve Bond by Smithsonian Institution.

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Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, 2nd floor

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