Start of international Vertebrate Genomes Project and release of 14 new reference genomes
Press briefing on new G10K project
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, Founder’s
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York City
Note: For out of town journalists, a live streaming will be provided.
To join via live streaming, please visit http://stream.rockefeller.edu/G10K-VGP (case sensitive); the password is G10K-VGP (also case sensitive). You will be able to submit questions online once you log onto the site. To register for live streaming, please reply via email to Dr. Sadye Paez, G10K-VGP Program Director, email@example.com
You are cordially invited to a live press briefing by the Genome 10,000 consortium (G10K), which will announce the official launch of the international Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP; www.vertebrategenomesproject.org, password: 2SequenceAllLife# before going public on Sep 13th) and the release of its first new 14 high quality reference genomes for species representing all five vertebrate classes: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The mission of the VGP is to provide high quality, near error-free, and complete genome assemblies of all 66,000 vertebrate species on Earth to address fundamental questions in biology, conservation, and disease. Phase 1 of the project aims to create reference assemblies of select species representing all vertebrate orders that evolved since the last mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
All information released during the press briefing, including the press release, will remain under embargo until the next day at 8:00 a.m. U.S. EST, Thursday, 13 September 2018. Journalists attending the press briefing will receive a copy of the full press release under embargo at registration on 9:30 a.m. U.S. EST.
The speakers at the press briefing will include: Dr. Erich Jarvis, G10K Chair and professor at The Rockefeller University and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Richard Durbin, lead at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK; Gene Myers, lead at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and Center for Systems Biology, Dresden, Germany; Adam Phillippy, G10K Assembly Chair and lead at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD; Harris Lewin, lead for Earth Biogenomes Project, UC Davis, CA; Emma Teeling, lead for Bat 1K, University College Dublin, Ireland; Steve O’Brien, G10K Cofounder, lead at the Dobzhansky Center, St. Petersburg Russia, and former US National Cancer Institute intermural director; David Haussler, G10K Cofounder, UC Santa Cruz, CA, and investigator the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Oliver Ryder, G10K Cofounder, and Kleberg Endowed Director of Conservation Genetics, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.
The Q&A session during the press briefing will also include the following additional panelists (Federica Di Palma, G10K Council, Director Earlham Institute for Genomics, UK; Paul Flicek, ENSEMBL genome database director, Genome Annotation, Cambridge, UK; and Arang Rhie, Genome Assembler, NIH, USA) as well as other G10K consortium and technology partners in the audience.
Following the press briefing, one-on-one interviews can be scheduled with any of the panelists and additional G10K consortium members and technology partners from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm (list of available interviewees below).
Pre-registration is required. To register, please reply via email. Please also indicate which one-on-one interviews you would like to schedule. Additionally, journalists are invited to attend lunch following the press briefing at noon (please RSVP with your registration). Journalists are also invited to participate in the opening sessions and reception of the 2018 G10K Annual Meeting from 1 p.m. to 6PM and will be given a press pass to attend. A draft agenda is available by request.
• Andrew Crawford, Amphibians, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
• Erich Jarvis, G10K Chair, Neurogenetics of Language; Rockefeller University, NY, USA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
• Harris Lewin, lead for Earth Biogenome Project, and mammals; UC Davis, CA, USA
• Bob Murphy, Reptiles, Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto
• Adam Phillippy, Genome Assembly Chair, NHGRI at NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
• Emma Teeling, lead for Bat 1K, University College Dublin, Ireland
• Byrappa Venkatesh, Fishes, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore
• Federica Di Palma, Comparative Genomics, G10K Council, Director Earlham Institute for Genomics
• Steve O’Brien, lead at the Dobzhansky Center, St. Petersburg Russia, and former US National Cancer Institute intermural director
• David Haussler, UC Santa Cruz, CA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
• Oliver Ryder, Kleberg Endowed Director of Conservation Genetics, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, UC San Diego, CA
• Richard Durbin, lead at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK; fishes; G10K Council member
• Oliver Fedrigo, lead at the Rockefeller University in New York, USA
• Gene Myers, lead at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and Center for Systems Biology, Dresden, Germany; Bat1K; G10K Council member
G10K Consortium Members:
• Kerstin Howe, Genome analyst, Sanger Genome Institute, UK
• Paul Flicek, ENSEMBL genome database director, Genome Annotation, Cambridge, UK
• Warren Johnson and Tanya Lama, Canada lynx genome, Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, DC and Massachusetts Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Amherst, MA, respectively
• Shane McCarthy, Genome assembler, Sanger Genome Institute, UK
• Jackie Mountcastle, Sample preparation, the Rockefeller University, New York, USA
• Arang Rhie , Genome assembler, NIH, USA
• Sonja Vernes, lead for Bat 1K, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands
• Jonas Korlach, Pacific Biosciences, Menlo Park, CA, USA
• Zev Kronenberg, Phase Genomics, Seattle, WA, USA
• Steffen Oeser, Bionano Genomics, San Diego, CA, USA
• Siddhartha Selvaraj, Arima Genomics, San Diego, CA, USA