The 1002 Yeast Genomes project first began as the ambitious next step to understanding this important model species. The project represents the efforts of a collaboration between Joseph Schacherer’s laboratory at the Université de Strasbourg, Gianni Liti’s laboratory at the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN) in Nice, the Genoscope and has been funded in a large part by France Génomique. The primary goal of this project was to obtain the most comprehensive genomic data set to date, on a single species of yeast (S. cerevisiae), and ultimately provide the most extensive view of the genetic and phenotypic diversity within this model species to date. In total the project was originally slated to include 1002 strains from diverse global locations (including Australia, Europe, Russia, Vietnam and South Africa), as well as a variety of ecological sources, such as dairy products, trees, insects, flowers, fruit and wine. At this point, we have obtained a total of 1026 whole genome sequences soon to be available.


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