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DNA barcoding in Taipei, Part 2

I spent Monday listening to ichthyologists and fisheries biologists discuss their efforts to barcode the planet?s fish species (an initiative called the Fish barcode of life, or linkurl:FishBOL);http://www.fishbol.org/ . During the FishBOL session, researchers discussed the issue of seafood consumer fraud, where linkurl:puffer fish;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/19997/ might be linkurl:mislabeled as monk fish;http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01639.html or some lesser fish

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I spent Monday listening to ichthyologists and fisheries biologists discuss their efforts to barcode the planet?s fish species (an initiative called the Fish barcode of life, or linkurl:FishBOL);http://www.fishbol.org/ . During the FishBOL session, researchers discussed the issue of seafood consumer fraud, where linkurl:puffer fish;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/19997/ might be linkurl:mislabeled as monk fish;http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01639.html or some lesser fish as cod. After a long day of barcoding presentations, I braved the driving rains of linkurl:Typhoon Wipha;http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2007/09/17/afx4127144.html and visited one of Taipei's usually bustling night markets. I had a filling dinner of Taiwanese seafood (fish talk always makes me hungry) and then browsed the curiosities of the linkurl:Huaxi night market.;http://www.tcma.gov.tw/eng/SmallMarket03.htm Though I was too late to see the snake stand, where I hear shoppers can pick a snake from a tank of living serpents and watch as it is killed and prepared for the plate, I did come upon a street vendor hawking delicious looking deep-fried...

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