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Bioplatforms News – MOU with the Earth BioGenome project: Sequencing all eukaryotic life on Earth


Bioplatforms Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for participation in the Earth BioGenome Project launched in London UK overnight. The work conducted through our national framework initiatives such as Oz mammals genomics and Genomics for Australian plants will directly align with the aspirations of the international project.

The Earth BioGenome Project aims to sequence the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity over the next 10 years through a coordinated international effort. As of October 2017, a very small proportion (<0.2%) of the nearly 2.3 million total unique eukaryotic species had genomic information in international repositories, and only 25, mostly fungi, had a genome assembled that could be considered as “complete”.

The international effort aims to protect biodiversity and help us better understand ecosystems. This will also lead to benefit for human welfare through potential identification of compounds and development of new treatments pathways, as well as generation of new biomaterials.

For more details about the Earth BioGenome Project see the 2017 PNAS publication and visit the Earth BioGenome project website.

Dr Anna Fitzgerald |

French Island Koala, picture by Greta Frankham, copyright Australian Museum

More information on the Earth BioGenome project here

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