The Genome 10K Project: A Way Forward Further

Koepfli, K P and Paten, B and Antunes, A and Belov, K and Bustamante, C and Castoe, T A and Clawson, H and Crawford, A J and Diekhans, M and Distel, D and Durbin, R and Earl, D A and Fujita, M K and Gamble, T and Georges, A and Gemmell, N J and Gilbert, M T P and Graves, J M and Green, R E and Hickey, G and Jarvis, E and Johnson, W E and Komissarov, A and Korf, I and Kuhn, R M and Larkin, D M and Lewin, H A and Lopez, J V and Ma, J and Marques-Bonet, T and Miller, W and Murphy, R and Pevzner, P and Shapiro, B and Steiner, C and Tamazian, G and Venkatesh, B and Wang, J and Wayne, R K and Wiley, E and Yang, H and Zhang, G and Haussler, D and Ryder, O and O'Brien, S J (2015) The Genome 10K Project: A Way Forward Further. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences, 3. pp. 57-111.

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Abstract

The Genome 10K Project was established in 2009 by a consortium of biologists and genome scientists determined to facilitate the sequencing and analysis of the complete genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species. Since then the number of selected and initiated species has risen from ∼26 to 277 sequenced or ongoing with funding, an approximately tenfold increase in five years. Here we summarize the advances and commitments that have occurred by mid-2014 and outline the achievements and present challenges of reaching the 10,000-species goal. We summarize the status of known vertebrate genome projects, recommend standards for pronouncing a genome as sequenced or completed, and provide our present and future vision of the landscape of Genome 10K. The endeavor is ambitious, bold, expensive, and uncertain, but together the Genome 10K Consortium of Scientists and the worldwide genomics community are moving toward their goal of delivering to the coming generation the gift of genome empowerment for many vertebrate species.