Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: DNA Barcoding

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with DNA Specialist Sarah Luttrell aired May 28, 2020, as part of the Smithsonian Science How series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Join DNA Specialist Sarah Luttrell to learn how scientists work through the Smithsonian’s Laboratories of Analytical Biology (LAB) to use “DNA barcoding” for species identification. Follow along as Sarah describes the basics of DNA barcoding and how this unique marker has changed the way basic species identifications are conducted in the Feather Identification Lab to help improve aviation safety. Sarah also shares a real protocol you can follow at home to extract DNA in your kitchen, no laboratory or special equipment required! 

Teaching Resources

Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
3-5, 6-8
Learning Standards
Next Generation Science Standards
Life Science