Dr. Stoeckle replied, “Yeah, I think you could — and if you did that, I think you’d be the first ones.”
Ms. Stoeckle, who is now 19, was intrigued. She enlisted Ms. Strauss, who is now 18.
Their field technique was simple, Ms. Stoeckle said. “We ate a lot of sushi.”
Or, as Dr. Stoeckle put it, “It involved shopping and eating, in which they were already fluent.”
They hit 4 restaurants and 10 grocery stores in Manhattan. Once the samples were home, whether in doggie bags or shopping bags, they cut away a small piece and preserved it in alcohol. They sent those off to the University of Guelph in Ontario, where the Barcode of Life Database project began. A graduate student there, Eugene Wong, works on the Fish Barcode of Life (dubbed, inevitably, Fish-BOL) and agreed to do the genetic analysis. He compared the teenagers’ samples with the global library of 30,562 bar codes representing nearly 5,500 fish species. (Commercial labs will also perform the analysis for a fee.)
Three hundred dollars’ worth of meals later, the young researchers had their data back from Guelph: 2 of the 4 restaurants and 6 of the 10 grocery stores had sold mislabeled fish.
Excerpted from Fish Tale Has DNA Hook: Students Find Bad Labels
sushi by *lolita-art
Takara’s 2002 Kisara Calendar Girl & Jason Wu’s 2005 Monsieur Z Fly Girl in fishnets.
Like in tentacle porn
sushi by ~orangepigeon
Added fishy bonus: 19 terrifying incidents involving fish
In other news, I found some sweet pants for Casey:
They only come in women's sizes, but I doubt that should be a problem for him.