Ambitious Project to Sequence Genomes of 1.5 Million Species Kicks Off, The Earth BioGenome Project promises to revolutionize biology

Research in the News: Earth BioGenome Project

Smithsonian (Washington, D.C., Nov. 5) – Last week, a global consortium of scientists, including U. of I. researchers, officially launched the Earth BioGenome Project, which intends to sequence the DNA of most species of life on Earth.

The ambitious idea first came together in 2015 at a meeting spearheaded by Harry A. Lewin, University of California, Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology; Gene Robinson, director of the Carl R. Woese University of Illinois’ Institute for Genomic Biology; and W. John Kress, research botanist and curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.