BGI Joins Earth Microbiome Project

March 22nd, 2011 by Francis Martin Leave a reply »

A GenomeWeb Daily News Post

BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute) will provide a range of services and support for the Earth Microbiome Project (EMP), an effort to sample, sequence, and analyze microbial communities from all over the globe.

The multi-disciplinary EMP effort, the largest sequencing project yet undertaken, will conduct metagenomics studies of 200,000 samples of microbes from soil, air, sea, and freshwater systems from around the world to produce a global Gene Atlas.

BGI said today that it will lead the effort to identify sample collections in Asia, and it will provide DNA extraction, amplification, sequence library construction, and sequencing for metagenomics projects. The Shenzhen, China-based institute also will use its computational resources to develop the bioinformatics pipeline that will provide the analysis framework for the vast amount of data the EMP will produce.

The EMP effort also includes Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, and the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute. BGI also said that it will host the First International Earth Microbiome Project Conference in Shenzhen this June.

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