NHGRI Announces New Sequencing Targets; Gibbon, Cat, Guinea Pig, and Armadillo Make the List
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Human Genome Research Institute announced several new sequencing targets as part of its Large-Scale Sequencing Research Network.
Towards its goal of sequencing the genome of at least one non-human primate genome from each major position on the evolutionary primate tree, the NHGRI selected the Northern white-cheeked gibbon Nomascus leucogenys. The chimpanzee, rhesus macaque, orangutan, marmoset, and gorilla have already been sequenced or approved to be sequenced.
NHGRI also selected a set of fungi known as dermatophytes and seven mammals to be sequenced, including the nine-banded armadillo, domestic cat, guinea pig, African savannah elephant, and rabbit. There is also a project to sequence up to 50 strains of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
A complete list of organisms and their sequencing status can be viewed at here.