1000 Plants and Animals

This project aims to generate reference genomes for 1,000 economically and scientifically important plant/animal species in two years. The 1000 Plants & Animals reference genome project was officially launched on January 9th, 2010, and calls for collaboration from all over the world. 

Researchers can submit their proposals through the official Library of Digital Life website for sequencing their desired species. An international committee will evaluate the proposals based on the community interest of the species, financial resources of the applicant, scientific strength and the experimental design. The committee will allocate for select proposals and projects. All projects will use our sequencing technologies, services and world-class bioinformatics analysis platform. 

de novo sequencing projects:

The International Giant Panda Genome Project
The Giant Panda Genome Project was launched in March 2008 and aim to produce a high quality genome sequence using new sequencing technologies and assemby methods.  

The Genome Projects of Three Extreme-Environment Animals
This projects aims to sequence the genomics of three extreme-environment animals: two polar animals: the polar bear and the emperor penguin; and one altiplano animal: the Tibetan antelope, to investigate the genetic underpinnings of extreme environment tolerance.

The Cucumber Genome Initiative
The Cucumber Genome Initiative was an international effort to unlock the genetic potential of an orphan crop using novel genomic technology. 

The Orchid Genome Project
Co-launched by 5 organizations on July 2009, this project aims to sequence and assemble the draft sequence of the orchid genome. An additional goal is to complete the transcriptomes for the ten other orchid species.

Whole genome resequencing projects:

Silkworm Resequencing Project
This project focused on detecting target genes and genomic regions associated with the domestication process and artificial selection.

Yanhuang Project
This was the third human individual genome sequenced, coming after the genome of the father of DNA, James Watson and the sequencing pioneer, J. Craig Venter.