ORG.one: A pilot-stage project to support faster, more localised sequencing of critically endangered species
ORG.one is a pilot-stage project designed to support faster, more localised sequencing of critically endangered species, by enabling biologists to rapidly sequence those species close to the sample’s origin, using the latest ultra-long read approaches. Data-rich, de novo whole genome assemblies will be enabled through the provision of consumable support that can be used with Oxford Nanopore sequencers, on the condition that the data generated will be openly shared with the scientific community.
Data/information (collection, analysis, dissemination, storage, processing – e.g. GIS data/imagery)
Expertise (on site experts/consultants, virtual help desk, technical advice and institutional development support)
During the pilot they will provide free of charge consumables for users who currently have access to species in the ‘critically endangered’ and ‘extinct in the wild’ categories on the IUCN Red List. The consumables will be provided on the condition that the data will be uploaded to EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute’s European Nucleotide Archive, within 6 weeks. They strongly prefer that researchers target organisms, where that species is endemic to a participant’s own country. Exceptions to this general rule may be zoos or other pre-existing animal collections. Researchers must also be responsible for any local legal and ethical permits to generate the data and to share or export it. Finally, they stipulate that no animals are harmed or killed for their DNA.
Candidates can register their interest to take place in the pilot on the ORG.one website. If you’ve got any questions please contact them at email@example.com.