International sequencing drive will involve reading genomes of 1.5m species.
The total volume of biological data that will be gathered is expected to be on the “exascale”, more than that accumulated by Twitter, YouTube or the whole of astronomy.
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.
Prof Harris Lewin of the University of California, Davis, who chairs the project, said it could be as transformational for biology as the Human Genome Project, which decoded the human genome between 1990 and 2003.
. . . The Guardian
Powerful advances in genome sequencing technology, informatics, automation, and artificial intelligence, have propelled humankind to the threshold of a new beginning in understanding, utilizing, and conserving biodiversity. For the first time in history, it is possible to efficiently sequence the genomes of all known species, and to use genomics to help discover the remaining 80 to 90 percent of species that are currently hidden from science.
A GRAND CHALLENGE
The Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a moonshot for biology, aims to sequence, catalog and characterize the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity over a period of ten years.
A GRAND VISION
Create a new foundation for biology to drive solutions for preserving biodiversity and sustaining human societies.
. . . Earth BioGenome Project