The Story of Dogs

2021-12-20T16:04:38+00:0020 December 2021|

Dogs, descended from wolves, were the first animals to be domesticated by humans, some 40,000 years ago. New research, using modern DNA sequencing, is unravelling the evolutionary history of our canine companions.

Darwin Tree of Life in 2021: Tireless fieldwork and the first beautiful genomes

2021-12-16T10:03:01+00:0016 December 2021|

Teams have been collecting species across the UK - from the mountains of Scotland, to the sea caves of Wales, and the forests of Oxfordshire. Back in the labs we’ve been processing protists, extracting DNA, and assembling and publishing the first of our high-quality, reference genomes.

Marine medicines from the slimiest of worms

2021-11-22T09:58:38+00:0018 October 2021|

“They’re not cute or charismatic. They have toxic mucus. But I like nemerteans because no one is rooting for them – and we know so little about them.”

Genomics for all

2021-11-15T13:37:44+00:0028 September 2021|

In this guest post, Sadye Paez and Marcela Uliano-Silva explore what it takes to sequence the genomes of all life on Earth with the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Darwin Tree of Life: Looking back on 2020

2021-11-11T17:29:04+00:0018 December 2020|

Despite restrictions, 2020 has been a busy year for the Darwin Tree of Life Project. We take a look at some of this year’s achievements and highlights.

Prising open the scallop genome

2021-11-12T22:22:14+00:004 May 2020|

As part of the Sanger Institute’s 25 Genomes Project, the king scallop, Pecten maximus, had its genome sequenced.

Sequencing and the Tree of Life

2021-11-13T22:48:50+00:0015 February 2020|

Progress and promise of the Earth Biogenome Project - a mission to sequence all known eukaryotic species.