By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A project aimed at sequencing 5,000 insects and other arthropods has been launched.

Called the i5k Initiative, but also known as the 5,000 Insect Genome Project, the project's goal is to sequence the genomes of 5,000 insects and other arthropods during the next five years to gain a better understanding of insect biology and better manage those that pose threats to human health, the food supply, and economic security.

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