A plan to sequence the genomes of all parasite species from the British Isles

Tue16  Apr12:36pm(3 mins)
Renold C9


A J Reid1; M Berriman1
1 Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK


The Wellcome Sanger Institute and partners including the Earlham Institute, the University of Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, European Bioinformatic Institute and the Natural History Museum have announced a plan to sequence all eukaryotic life in the British Isles. This project is called the Darwin Tree of Life and a new Tree of Life programme is being established at the Sanger Institute. As part of this effort we would like to begin a collection of UK parasite DNA. We would particularly like to reach out to researchers interested in the parasites of wildlife and plants, including helminths, protozoa and fungi as well as parasitic lice, mites and plants. We would like to speak with scientists who have access to samples of British parasites and would be interested in helping to assemble a collection for genome sequencing. Our aim is to generate high-quality genome assemblies with gene annotation based on transcriptome sequencing where possible. These data will be made freely available to the wider scientific community.

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