By Julia Karow

This article, originally posted Jan. 11, has been updated with additional information from BGI.

China's BGI said last week that it plans to sequence the genomes of 1,000 important plant and animal reference species over the next two years as part of a new project that will solicit proposals from the scientific community.

BGI said that it will provide $100 million in funding for the project.

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