Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

BGI to Sequence 100 Vertebrate Species for Genome 10K Project

By Andrea Anderson

COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at BGI plan to sequence 100 vertebrate genomes in two years or less as part of an international Genome 10K project, BGI President Huanming "Henry" Yang announced at the Biology of Genomes meeting here today.

Yang said BGI will tackle the first 100 genomes of the Genome 10K — an international effort gearing up to sequence 10,000 vertebrate species — at its facilities in China.

BGI will use the Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform for the vertebrate sequencing effort, according to Stephen O'Brien, a geneticist at the National Cancer Institute, chief of NCI's genomic diversity laboratory, and one of the Genome 10K project leaders.

Early this year, Illumina announced that BGI had purchased 128 of the new HiSeq 2000 instruments and plans to install them this year.

Species to be sequenced will be selected based on phylogenetic diversity, sample availability, biological relevance, and so on. But Yang said BGI is also seeking input from the research community in selecting the species, noting that a Genome 10K workshop will be held in Santa Cruz, Calif., next March.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more