DNA Barcodes pp 269-310 | Cite as

Laboratory Information Management Systems for DNA Barcoding

  • Meaghan Parker
  • Steven Stones-Havas
  • Craig Starger
  • Christopher MeyerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 858)


In the field of molecular biology, laboratory information management systems (LIMSs) have been created to track workflows through a process pipeline. For the purposes of DNA barcoding, this workflow involves tracking tissues through extraction, PCR, cycle sequencing, and consensus assembly. Importantly, a LIMS that serves the DNA barcoding community must link required elements for public submissions (e.g., primers, trace files) that are generated in the molecular lab with specimen metadata. Here, we demonstrate an example workflow of a specimen’s entry into the LIMS database to the publishing of the specimen’s genetic data to a public database using Geneious bioinformatics software. Throughout the process, the connections between steps in the workflow are maintained to facilitate post-processing annotation, structured reporting, and fully transparent edits to reduce subjectivity and increase repeatability.

Key words

Laboratory information management systems Workflow DNA barcoding Submission Bioinformatics 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Meaghan Parker
    • 1
  • Steven Stones-Havas
    • 2
  • Craig Starger
    • 1
  • Christopher Meyer
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Invertebrate Zoology, MRC-163Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural HistoryWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.BioMatters Ltd.AucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Department of Invertebrate Zoology, MRC-163National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA

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