DNA Sequencing to help conservation

Genomic (Ambystoma tigrinum) in Long Island, New York New York. ©Caitlin Smith/USFWS

The journal Nature is voicing support for a massive project to sequence the DNA of every plant and animal on earth. The Earth BioGenome Project launched earlier this month with the goal using the data to slow the decline of biodiversity. “Earth’s sixth great extinction event is firmly under way,” Nature wrote ,“and ending this crisis will take much more than DNA sequences. But the Earth BioGenome Project can play a part, and early signs are that it might work.”

Read the editorial in Nature here and our past coverage here.