No Genome Left Behind

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Science  06 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5954, pp. 794-795
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_794

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A group of genome and museum experts are calling for the unraveling of 10,000 vertebrate genomes, about one per genus across the backboned animal world. They have already set in motion a global effort to gather the DNA needed for such an undertaking. The Genomes 10K plan, formally announced this week, is short on details: where funding will come from; what sequencing strategy to use; and how to process and make use of the data generated. But supporters are gung ho.