PNAS dedicates special feature to the Earth BioGenome Project

On January 25th 2022 The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published a special feature called The Earth BioGenome Project: The Launch of a Moonshot for Biology. One of the articles is co-authored by Project Lead for The Norwegian Earth BioGenome Project (EBP-Nor) - professor Kjetill Sigurd Jakobsen (CEES).

PNAS states that the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) is the largest and one of the most ambitious coordinated scientific efforts in the history of biology as it aims to sequence all known eukaryotic species in a 10-year timeframe.

Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is involved in EBP through A Norwegian Earth BioGenome Project: the initial launch phase (EBP-Nor).The project lead, professor Kjetill Sigurd Jakobsen at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), University of Oslo, is co-author on the article The Earth BioGenome Project 2020: Starting the clock, which is one of ten articles in the special feature.

Professor Jakobsen is a member of the DLN Expert Task Force and was previously one of the leaders in the DLN Competence hub when the Centre started in 2016. DLN is a national centre for biotechnology research, education and innovation. The Centre facilitates transdisciplinary collaboration across institutions, fields of research and the research projects in the Centre.

The DLN project EBP-Nor have recently been funded by the Research Council of Norway to start with a national effort. The first phase of the project - funded with 30 M NOK (2021-2024) entails setting up the organisation and infrastructure to do this, and to sequence and assemble a number of selected species (around 150). DLN has been involved from the very beginning of the development of the first phase of this large national project.

EBP-Nor is now contributing to EBP’s goal to sequence and assemble high quality reference genomes of all eukaryotic genomes on Earth. The grand vision is to create a new foundation for biology to drive solutions for preserving biodiversity and sustaining human societies. PNAS now have dedicated a special feature to this project.

PNAS is one of the world's most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals. Professor Jakobsen and the other authors of the PNAS special feature offer various perspectives to explore several important aspects of the project, including a review of progress, description of major scientific goals, exemplar projects, examination of ethical, legal, and social issues, and applications of biodiversity genomics, i.e., bioeconomy, conservation, drug discovery, adaptation to climate change, prevention of pandemics, and agriculture.

PNAS is the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Read the special feature here

 

The Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is a national centre for biotechnology research, education and innovation. The centre facilitates transdisciplinary collaboration across institutions, fields of research and the research projects in the centre. The centre is a collaborative project between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo (UiO), the University of Bergen (UiB), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Oslo University Hospital (OUS), SINTEF and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The centre is run by a competence hub and includes a research school and research projects. The competence hub is funded by the Research Council of Norway, and the second funding period DLN 2.0 started in February 2021.

Published Jan. 27, 2022 4:35 PM - Last modified Jan. 28, 2022 8:27 AM