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BGI, G10K Set Goals for Next Stage in Animal Sequencing Collaboration

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BGI and the Genome 10K Consortium today announced the next phase of their collaboration to sequence the genomes of vertebrate species.

In Phase II of their collaboration, BGI and G10K will fund and execute the sequencing of the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species, with a goal of completing the task by 2020. The partners said in a statement that they will "adhere to the highest standards" of genome assembly, annotation, alignment, and analysis.

The Global Invertebrate Genome Alliance will also organize the sequencing of the genomes of several hundred marine invertebrates as part of the project, BGI and G10K said.

In 2010, the partners collaborated to sequence 100 vertebrate genomes, with the goal of doing it in two years. That phase of the project has been completed, and the number of vertebrate taxa sequenced to date globally is almost 300 species, they said.