We are working to boost the German node of the Earth BioGenome Project
, aiming to genome sequence all organisms living on earth. Together with Astrid Böhne in Bonn, and Ann-Marie Waldvogel here in Cologne, and their teams and collaborators, we are running pilot study
sponsored by the West German Genome Center
and also other sequencing centers in Germany. From the worm~lab Joseph and Nadège are involved in the pilot, doing DNA extractions in the lab, establishing protocols to sequence tiny little animals collected from the environment (most species out there cannot be cultured), and working on the genome assemblies in close collaboration with the species ambassadors.