International Consortium Officially Launches Earth BioGenome Project in London

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UC Davis is the administrative home for the Earth BioGenome Project, a global effort to sequence the genetic code of all the planet’s eukaryotes — some 1.5 million known species including all known plants, animals, protozoa and fungi. (Credit: Thinkstock)

By Lisa Howard, Strategic Communications

"Key scientific partners and funders from around the globe gathered in London yesterday (Nov. 1) to officially launch the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a global effort to sequence the genetic code of all the planet’s eukaryotes — some 1.5 million known species, including all plants, animals, protozoa and fungi.

Yesterday also marked the announcement by the Wellcome Sanger Institute that it will lead the UK contribution to the EBP by sequencing all 66,000 eukaryotic species across the British Isles, a new project known as the Darwin Tree of Life Project. The Wellcome Sanger Institute, a nonprofit based in the UK, is one of the world’s leading genome centers. 

The UC Davis Genome Center is currently the administrative home for the EBP, led by Harris Lewin, a distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis and chair of the EBP Working Group."

Read the full story at UC Davis News

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