Navigation Links
China National Genebank initiates collaboration to sequence transcriptomes of 1,000 fish species

November 19, 2013, Shenzhen, China-The China National Genebank (CNGB) announces the official launch of the 1,000 Fish Transcriptome Project (Fish T1K), a groundbreaking transcriptome study designed to unveil the mysteries of the origin, evolution, and diversification of the largest group of vertebrates. Such findings could enable scientists to pursue innovative approaches and strategies to address challenges in fish breeding, disease control and prevention, seafood safety, and biodiversity conservation.

Fish T1K is unique relative to other fish transcriptome projects given its large scale and multi-disciplinary, integrative perspective. All data generated from Fish T1K will be made available publicly through CNGB, ensuring that scientists may better grasp the new developments and trends in fish research and the use of RNA-seq technology.

With over 32,000 species, fishes are the largest and most diverse group of living vertebrates. They are also an economically important group of animals. Remarkably, there are only about 10 fish genomes sequenced to date. "The lack of transcriptome data for the majority of fish species motivates us to establish a large-scale transcriptome database for fish." said Dr. Yong Zhang, Director of CNGB-Shenzhen.

"Fish T1K will be the first global network of fish Omics research across the world. The results yielded by this project will greatly help to improve our understanding of the comparative physiology, biogeography of fish, and to further explore their incalculable medical values, economic and ecological importance, and contributions to food security and biodiversity conservation. "said Ying Sun, the director of Marine Biobank of CNGB, who takes the lead in the Fish T1K.

Fish T1K has assembled a world-class team of researchers from CNGB, BGI, George Washington University, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (Singapore), Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, University of Guelph, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI) of Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS), Sun Yat-Sen University, Kunming Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, among others. In this project, researchers plan to complete sequencing and assembling transcriptomes of 1,000 fish species in the coming 3 to 5 years, and to establish a high-quality transcriptomic database for fishes.

The development of sequencing and bioinformatics tools to generate high throughput gene expression data and analysis has enabled such a large-scale fish transcriptome study. The project is extending an invitation to researchers worldwide to submit proposals and contribute fish specimens for sequencing. Scientists addressing questions about fishes with unique adaptations, economic, and medical value are particularly welcome to join the project.

Dr. Byrappa Venkatesh (Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore), a member of the steering committee, said, "This project aims to generate unprecedented resources that would be valuable for improving our understanding of the evolution, adaptation and physiology of fishes, and designing strategies for the conservation and improvement of fish stock."

These resources will facilitate phylogenetic analysis of gene expression across a vast diversity of forms, "a powerful tool to identify genes that experienced evolutionary shifts in expression that are correlated with changes resulting in adaptive traits," said George Washington University Professor Guillermo Ort (another T1K steering committee member), "revealing genetic mechanisms underlying the origin of particular phenotypes."


Contact: Jia Liu
BGI Shenzhen

Related biology news :

1. Researchers uncover origins of cattle farming in China
2. Burning biomass pellets instead of wood or plants in China could lower mercury emissions
3. Green flame moths: Scientists discover 2 new Limacodidae species from China and Taiwan
4. The China National Genebank accelerates growth by a strategic alliance with BioStorage Technologies
5. The most widespread ant and its new relative: A revision of the genus Paratrechina
6. Fires in China Oct. 18, 2013
7. Richness mapping and prediction of amphibians in Southern and Central China
8. Researchers discover rare fossil ape cranium in China
9. Home cooking, traffic are sources of key air pollutants from China
10. Susceptibility genes for cerebral infarction or hemorrhage in the Han in Hunan, China
11. Japan, China and South Korea account for 84 percent of the macroalgae patents
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/29/2015)... ANN ARBOR, Mich. , Oct. 29, 2015 ... with Eurofins Genomics for U.S. distribution of its ... DNA-seq kit and Rubicon,s new ThruPLEX Plasma-seq ... DNA to enable the preparation of NGS libraries ... in plasma for diagnostic and prognostic applications in ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... YORK , Oct. 29, 2015 ... technology, announced a partnership with 2XU, a global ... to deliver a smart hat with advanced bio-sensing ... and other athletes to monitor key biometrics to ... the strategic partnership, the two companies will bring together ...
(Date:10/27/2015)... 27, 2015 Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA ), ... Google has adopted the Synaptics ® ClearPad ® ... power its newest flagship smartphones, the Nexus 5X by ... --> --> Synaptics works ... strategic collaboration in the joint development of next generation ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... -- Clintrax Global, Inc., a worldwide provider of clinical research services headquartered ... the company has set a new quarterly earnings record in Q3 ... posted for Q3 of 2014 to Q3 of 2015.   ... , with the establishment of an Asia-Pacific ... United Kingdom and Mexico , with ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... SHPG ) announced today that Jeff Poulton , ... Annual Healthcare Conference in New York City ... (1:30 p.m. GMT). --> SHPG ) announced today that ... Piper Jaffray 27 th Annual Healthcare Conference in ... at 8:30 a.m. EST (1:30 p.m. GMT). --> Shire ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 2015  Twist Bioscience, a company focused on ... Twist Bioscience chief executive officer, will present at ... 1, 2015 at 3:10 p.m. Eastern Time at The Lotte ... --> --> About ... is on Twitter. Sign up to follow our ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - ProMetic Life Sciences ... today that Mr. Pierre Laurin , President and Chief ... at the upcoming Piper Jaffray 27 th Annual Healthcare ... on December 1-2, 2015. st , at ... one-on-one meetings throughout the day. The presentation will be available ...
Breaking Biology Technology: