Neil Davies, Gustav Paulay, and their colleagues want it all. Equipped with $5.2 million in funding over three years, off-site high-throughput sequencing technologies, an elite team of taxonomists and molecular biologists, and 51 square miles of a French Polynesian island to explore, they aim to systematically collect specimens — and sequence the genomes — of every non-microbial living species on Moorea. They are just starting to see some data.

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