Volume 563 Issue 7730, 8 November 2018
Editorial | 06 November 2018
Life on Earth to have its DNA analysed in the name of conservation
The Earth BioGenome Project is a welcome effort to sequence the genomes of some 1.35 million species.
An ambitious project launched last week aims to slow the decline in biodiversity by sampling and decoding the DNA of every species of plant and animal on Earth. Called the Earth BioGenome Project, the effort is seeking funding to help it get off the ground. It is asking for US$4.7 billion to sequence all 1.35 million known eukaryotic species — those with a cell nucleus enclosed by a membrane — over the next 10 years….