So there is this project called Genome 10K. They aim to sequence the genomes of — wait for it — 10,000 vertebrate species. Impressive projects like this need impressive names, which increasingly means inserting [big number of your choice] into the project name. Don’t believe me? Well let's see what other big 'omics' sequencing projects are out there?
- 959 nematode genomes — because Caenorhabditis elegans has 959 cells
- 1000 Genomes — a deep catalog of human genetic variation
- 1KP — 1,000 plant (transcriptome) project
- 1001 Genomes — a catalog of Arabidopsis thaliana genetic variation
- 3K RGP — The 3,000 Rice Genomes Project
- i5k — insect and other arthropod genome sequencing initiative
- Genome 10K — as mentioned above, these will be vertebrate genomes
- 100,000 Genomes Project — human genomes from British patients
- 100K Pathogen Genome Project — sequencing foodborne pathogens
I wonder if there has been any confusion between the '1000 Genomes' and 1001 Genomes' projects, or the '100,000 Genomes Project' and '100K Pathogen Genome Project' ("these human genomes seem awfully small").
So where do we go after 100,000? A million of course. Although there isn’t a dedicated collaborative project for this, there is already an aim by the company Complete Genomics to sequence a million human genomes by (the end of?) 2014.
So if you want to make a big splash in genomics, then you ideally need to be thinking of at least a '10M' project to begin with. Otherwise, I guess you need to look for some other 'novelty' numbers like the '959 nematode genomes' project. How about the '42 Genomes Project — dedicated to finding the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.
- 2014-10-27: now includes mention of 1KP project
- 2014-10-28: now includes mention of 100,000 genomes project (h/t @NazeemaFatima), which also gave me a reason to reorganize a lot of the information in this post.
- 2014-10-30: added 3K RGP project