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Ten Thousand Bird Genome Project
The Ten Thousand Bird Genome Project will complete the interpretation of all existing bird genomes in the world in four stages: order, family, genus, and species, and solve a series of major scientific problems in species origin, evolution and bird biology.
Birds are the most differentiated and the most abundant species of vertebrates among tetrapods. There are currently about 10,500 bird species known to be widely distributed in various habitats on the earth. They are used to study the formation and maintenance of biodiversity. The Ten Thousand Birds Genome Project aims to construct the tree of life for birds at the whole genome level, decode the link between animal genetic variation and trait differences, reveal the relationship between molecular evolution, biogeography and species diversity patterns, and evaluate the environmental impact of climate and human activities on species evolution and biodiversity, and reveals the population change history of the entire bird class. More than 200 scientists from all over the world are participating in the project.
The first stage (order level) of the plan was formed by BGI in collaboration with Copenhagen University, Duke University, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other well-known research institutions at home and abroad to form the International Bird Genome Alliance. The first batch of the project has led to the publication of 28 articles, which are mainly published in Science (8 articles), Genome Biology, GigaScience and other journals (see http://avian.genomics.cn for more details).