Big Science - Major Projects
Ten Thousand Fish Genome Project
The Ten Thousand Fish Genome Project (Fish10K) aims to construct reference genomes of 10,000 representative fish species to study the evolution and development of vertebrates based on the big data of fish genomics.
Fish are the largest and oldest species of vertebrates. There are currently more than 30,000 known species of fish, which play an important role in the ecosystem. With the help of genomic research, scientists have made new progress in the exploration of fish knowledge. In 2019, BGI and the Institute of Hydrology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University and other Institutes announced the project launch at the International Ocean Genomics Conference (ICG-Ocean2019) The purpose of this project is to gradually sequence 10,000 representative fish genomes. In the first and second phases, Fish10K plan to use stLFR (long-read sequencing) as well as Hi-C technique for at least one representative species of all families/class (comprising some evolutionarily, ecologically or economically important species) to establish a high-quality reference genome. In the third phase, a large volume of remaining species will be sequenced to construct a genomic database. Driven by the previous research of fish genomics and the currently launched Fish10K, we hope to accelerate the fish genomics research and ultimately improve our overall understanding of fish.