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BGI to Play Pivotal Sampling, Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics Role in Earth Microbiome Project
Date:3/22/2011

eveloping a project of this scale."

"We are honored to have the opportunity to be a key participant in this highly important scientific undertaking," stated Prof. Huanming Yang, Chairman of BGI. "Given the essential role of microbes for life on our planet, and our lack of understanding of their complexity and diversity, it is critical that we conquer this unknown frontier. With BGI's next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics capabilities, we believe we can contribute in a meaningful way to improve our collective understanding of the role and importance of microbes."

On behalf of the EMP consortium, BGI will be conducting The First International Earth Microbiome Project (EMP) Conference in Shenzhen, China, June 13-15, 2011.

For additional information on registering for or participating in the conference, please see http://www.ldl.genomics.cn/page/event.jsp

About The Earth Microbiome Project (EMP)

To understand microbes (Bacterial, Archaeal, Eukaryal and Viral) in terms of whom they are and what they do is the challenge of microbial ecology. The EMP presents a revolution in how this problem is tackled and defines both questions and potential suite of tools to provide answers. The EMP will provide a quantum leap in the ability to interrogate this community through a truly global collaborative project. Approximately 1 x 10(^30) microbial cells live on this planet at any one time (there are more microbial cells on earth than stars in the known universe.) To date, the total global environmental DNA sequencing effort constitutes significantly less than one percent of the total DNA found in a liter of seawater or a gram of soil. Hence, the complexity and diversity of microbes on this planet have been vastly under sampled. However, recent advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies have provided an unprecedented opportunity to explore the microbial universe, and th
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