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New organization brings together top researchers to sequence the genomes of invertebrates
Date:1/6/2014

nomics). In-depth discussions to develop the consortium's framework were hashed out in breakout groups: such as which specific genomes to prioritize for sequencing, what DNA or RNA sequencing platforms are optimal, standards for collections and sample preparations, and where to specify a particular invertebrate taxon's place on the evolutionary Tree of Life. Also discussed were nascent policies on data submittal, access and sharing within the GIGA consortium.

Primary funding for the workshop to kick-start GIGA was generously awarded by the American Genetic Association, publisher of Journal of Heredity. The momentum of the workshop has carried on, leading to the creation of an NSU-hosted website (Giga-cos.org), more international collaborations (i.e. the GIGA symposium at next summer's Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution ‐ SMBE in Puerto Rico) and the white paper published in the current issue of Journal of Heredity. This article further showcases GIGA's main goals, ongoing projects, and recommended experimental standards and policies.


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