Cambridge Independent | Nov 18, 2018 | Paul Brackley

An extraordinary global effort to sequence the genetic codes of all 1.5 million known species of animals, plants, protozoa and fungi on Earth is under way – and the Wellcome Sanger Institute is to play a leading role.

Working with collaborators, the Hinxton-based institute will sequence 66,000 species in the UK for the Darwin Tree of Life Project, launched in London earlier this month.

It forms part of the worldwide Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), which is designed to create a new foundation for biology that can help inform solutions for preserving biodiversity and sustaining human societies.

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