- Collect and barcode Earth's genomic diversity along the major branches of the Tree of Life.
- Preserve the diversity of life and make it available for research in a trusted and transparent way.
- Increase the capacity to sequence genomes.
- Train the next generation of biodiversity genomics researchers.
By 2020 GGI intends to collect and make available:
- at least one species from each of the approximately 10,000 taxonomic families
- at least one species from half of the estimated 160,000 to 200,000 genera
And, as a long term aspiration:
- potentially all living species: “life on ice”
Why Our Work Matters:
- 82% of Earth's estimated 11 million species remain undocumented
- Less than 1% of the planet's known genomes have been sequenced
- $95M to $6K drop in whole-genome sequencing cost since 2001
- 1 in 4 prescription drugs contain materials isolated from plants
Galvanizing Partners Worldwide
The Global Genome Initiative is bigger than one institution. The Smithsonian is using its trusted brand and convening power to partner with universities, research centers, government agencies, industry, and museums from around the globe to preserve and understand the genomic diversity of life on Earth.
Together, we will succeed. Please join us.