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‘Moonshot for Biology’ Aims to Sequence a Genome of Every Type of Plant and Animal on Earth

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A group of scientists is racing to sequence genes from every plant, animal, and fungus on Earth for a global database of DNA.  The organizers of the global Earth BioGenome Project call it a ‘moonshot for biology’ which would provide a treasure trove of information on evolutionary biology, the development of medicines, the conservation of species and more. We talk with scientists about their race against time to collect genes while tens of thousands of species are threatened with extinction and what they hope will come of it.

Guests:

Harris Lewin, chair, the Earth BioGenome Project Executive Committee; distinguished professor Emeritus of Evolution and Ecology, the University of California, Davis<br />

Brad Shaffer, director, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science; distinguished professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Sadye Paez, chair of the justice, equity, diversity and inclusion committee, the Earth BioGenome Project; collaborator on the Vertebrae Genome Project, the The Rockefeller University

Matthew Hutson, contributing writer, The New Yorker - his article "The Race to Save the World's DNA" is in the current issue

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