Smithsonian To Capture Genomic Diversity

I found this interesting article that I thought I should share, which talks about the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s plan to capture the genomic diversity of half the world’s living plant genera over the next two years. The Smithsonian will be partnering with the US Botanic Garden, the US Department of Agriculture’s US National Arboretum and the Global Genome Biodiversity Network.

The project comes at an extremely important time as the rate of species extinction for all life is estimated to be up to 100 times higher than normal, according to the Smithsonian. Global Genome Initiative Director Jonathan Coddington said that the project is looking “to preserve and unlock the genomic mysteries of plants.” This should certainly be an exciting project to follow over the next few years.

from Ivana De Domenico Research


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