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BGI contributes whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics expertise to potato genome research
Date:7/11/2011

d to inbreeding depression and tuber biology based on our bioinformatics analysis," said Xu Xun, who considers the potato as one of the most important plant genomes in light of growing food shortages due to global population growth and climate change.

BGI is the only genomic organization with an extensive focus on agricultural genomics research. Its accomplishments include sequencing the rice genome, silkworm genome, cucumber genome, soybean genome and maize genome, among others. In January 2010, BGI launched the "1,000 Plant & Animal Reference Genomes Project" with the goal of generating reference genomes for 1,000 economically and scientifically important plant/animal species. BGI's 2nd International Conference on the Progress of "1000 Plant & Animal Reference Genomes Project" is being held in Shenzhen from July 10-12, 2011.

Reporting from the conference, Dr. Bicheng Yang, Director of Global Marketing at BGI stated, "Together with our collaborators, so far we have initiated 505 plant and animal genome projects, completed fine or draft genome maps for over 100 species and finished the sequencing of about 200 species. Many other genomes are undergoing active sequencing." She congratulated the PGSC consortium on its breakthrough in potato genome research and said BGI is proud to be a contributor to the project.

Last week, July 6, at Bio-IT APAC Conference & Expo 2011, BGI released SOAPdenovo 2, the latest update of BGI's SOAPdenovo package. SOAPdenovo 2 is reported to assemble genomes with improved efficiency and consistency, and can support a broader range of analyses. SOAPdenovo 2 can be downloaded at http://soap.genomics.org.cn/.

"BGI is making continuous efforts for the advancement of plant and animal genomes research. We will provide the most advanced infrastructure for our
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Contact: Lei Su
BGI-Marketing@genomics.cn
07-552-528-3805
Beijing Genomics Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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