NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Beijing Genomics Institute-Shenzhen will lead a project with other Chinese Universities that will begin development of a genomic encyclopedia of microbes that exist in China.

The "Ten Thousand Microbial Genomes Project" will serve as a companion of the international 1000 Genomes Project, and will "focus on the systematic research of highly diversified microbial resources in China at the genome level," BGI-Shenzhen said recently.

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