Sequencing initiatives like the Earth BioGenome Project, i5K, GIGA and Genome10K depend on access to DNA and tissue collected and preserved according to high quality standards in order to meet their research goals. Until now, these genetic samples have been difficult to find, inhibiting the potential for discovery in areas of research such as conservation, environmental monitoring, and food safety. GGI is meeting this research demand through targeted collecting and preservation efforts. As a result of these collections, today and far in to the future, researchers from countless disciplines will study plant and animal samples preserved by Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History scientists, GGBN and GGI Garden partners.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) plays an important role in biodiversity genomics at the forefront of innovation and discovery in the 21st century. The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) represents the Museum’s commitment to lead the transformation of this revolutionary field. By launching GGI’s efforts to understand Earth’s biodiversity through sequencing projects, the museum plays a leading role in the growing field of biodiversity genomics.