To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 and to lay the foundation of research excellence for the next 150 years, CGEn and its partners embarked on the Canada 150 Sequencing Initiative (CanSeq150). The aim of CanSeq150 was to sequence 150 new genomes to support sequence-based genomics research in Canada by enabling future research in biodiversity and conservation, applications in breeding and biomedicine, as well as technology development, across Canada.
More than 100 species were selected for sequencing through the CanSeq150 program, providing a platform for biologists, ecologists, population geneticists and other scientists with in-depth knowledge and expertise in species of interest to work with genomic scientists. CanSeq150 has now joined the Canadian arm of the Earth BioGenome project, which will identify an additional 400 species important to Canadian wildlife conservation, recovery and monitoring.
Learn more about the Canada BioGenome Project.