INT – PROJECT UNDERWAY TO MAP EVERY PLANT, ANIMAL, FUNGUS GENOME
Source: The Guardian
An ambitious international project to sequence the DNA of every known animal, plant and fungus in the world over the next 10 years has been launched.
Described as “the next moonshot for biology”, the Earth BioGenome Project is expected to cost $4.7bn (£3.6bn) and involve reading the genomes of 1.5m species.
“Having the roadmap, the blueprints … will be a tremendous resource for new discoveries, understanding the rules of life, how evolution works, new approaches for the conservation of rare and endangered species, and … new resources for researchers in agricultural and medical fields,” said Prof Harris Lewin of the University of California, Davis.