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A rapid protocol for generating arthropod DNA barcodes suitable for use with undergraduate students

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Grant R. Brown, Claire A. Dagen, Ben Reilly O'Donnell, Jeff A. Graves

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We provide a protocol for rapid DNA extraction from spiders suitable for undergraduate practical sessions. Students who were previously naïve to the theory and laboratory technique of DNA barcoding were successfully able to extract and recover 29 DNA sequences from 16 species of small spiders in the family Linyphiidae. We anticipate that with careful selection of specimens, undergraduate students could participate in sessions which both benefit their professional development and further taxonomic understanding across a variety of organisms.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Education
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date23 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2019

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  • Education, Interdisciplinary, Taxonomy, Citizen science, Systematics

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