NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Beijing Genomics Institute said today that it has signed the first volunteer in a project to sequence 100 human genomes.
The initiative, called the Yanhuang Project after two ancient emperors who are believed to be the ancestors of the Han ethnic group, will map the genomes of 100 people that it will use to construct a Chinese genetic polymorphism map.
Last fall, BGI researchers sequenced the first Chinese individual using Illumina’s Genome Analyzer. The anonymous volunteer for the Yanhuang Project would be the second human genome sequenced by the institute.
BGI did not disclose the amount the individual donated, but China’s Xinhua News Service reported this week that it was 10 million yuan ($1.3 million).
Last month, BGI announced that it has begun offering sequencing services using its fleet of more than 120 sequencers, which includes Applied Biosystems 3730xl sequencers, Amersham MegaBace sequencers, seven Illumina Genome Analyzers, and two ABI SOLiDs.