The ocean genome and future prospects for conservation and equity

Author(s): Blasiak, R., Wynberg, R., Grorud-Colvert, K., Thambisetty, S., et.al.
In: Nature Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-0522-9
Year: 2020
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Marine
Full reference: Blasiak, R., Wynberg, R., Grorud-Colvert, K., Thambisetty, S., et.al. 2020. The ocean genome and future prospects for conservation and equity. Nature Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-0522-9

Summary

Life has evolved in the ocean for 3.7 billion years, resulting in a rich ‘ocean genome’, the ensemble of genetic material present in all marine biodiversity, including both the physical genes and the information they encode.

Rapid advances in sequencing technologies and bioinformatics have enabled exploration of the ocean genome and are informing innovative approaches to conservation and a growing number of commercial biotechnology applications.

However, the capacity to undertake genomic research and to access and use sequence data is inequitably distributed among countries, highlighting an urgent need to build capacity, promote inclusive innovation and increase access to affordable technologies.

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