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''10,000 Microbe Genome Plan'' Starts in Shenzhen
2009-08-05
A genome project aiming to build a whole-genome sequence map for 10,000 microbes in 3 years took off on Aug. 1 in China's southern city Shenzhen.

The project covers several research areas including industrial microorganism, agricultural microorganism, medical microorganism, etc. Archaebacteria, germ, epiphyte, origin organism, algae and virus will all be studied.

As the microbe branch of BGI-Shenzhen's "The Tree of Life Project" (BGI, Beijing Genomics Institute), the plan is supported by several top genome institutes, universities and enterprises such as Biotechnology Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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