What is The Earth BioGenome Project?


The Earth BioGenome Project, a Moon Shot for biology, aims to sequence, catalog and characterize the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity over a period of ten years.


The Earth BioGenome Project will create a new foundation for biology, informing a broad range of major issues facing humanity, such as the impact of climate change on biodiversity, the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems, and the preservation and enhancement of ecosystem services.


Professor Harris A. Lewin
Chairman, EBP Working Group

University of California, Davis

Professor Gene E. Robinson
co-Chair, EBP Working Group

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. W. John Kress
co-Chair, EBP Working Group

Smithsonian Institution


Powerful advances in genome sequencing technology, informatics, automation, and artificial intelligence, have propelled humankind to the threshold of a new beginning in understanding, utilizing, and conserving biodiversity. For the first time in history, it is possible to efficiently sequence the genomes of all known species, and to use genomics to help discover the remaining 80 to 90 percent of species that are currently hidden from science.


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