The Vertebrate Genomes Project: What it takes to get it right. Sequencing all the vertebrates on Earth is a big job that requires many techniques. 150 scientists at 50 institutions in 12 countries are involved. More can join. And: labs do not need to be VGP members to use VGP data. With colleagues around the world, scientists in the Genome 10K Consortium have launched the Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP) to sequence all vertebrates. The Genome 10K Consortium plans to sequence all vertebrates on the planet. That’s 66,000 species. There may be even more species of vertebrates. The assembled genomes are to be near error-free, reference-grade sequences.

Listen now on Nature.

Scientists in the Vertebrate Genomes Project aim to sequence all 66,000 vertebrate species. Watch a mini documentary on the Vertebrate Genome Project.

The Vertebrate Genomes Project presented 15 reference grade genomes from 14 animals. Watch the animation.