The Menu Says ‘Snapper.’ Really?

DNA barcodes could keep restaurants honest

Sep 18, 2019 · 5 min read
Antique illustration of a serpent-like fish.
Antique illustration of a serpent-like fish.
Image: Willughby & Ray, Folio Hand Col Fish Print. Atlantic Wolfish, etc, 1686, courtesy of

By Amy Maxmen

Originally published at Nautilus on October 31, 2013.

Take it from a former cashier: Barcodes revolutionized the grocery store. No longer would an overworked and underpaid employee struggle to recall the difference between a fennel bulb and a celery root, or fall for a…

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