Sequencing a genome means determining the order – or sequence – of the molecules (nucleotides) that compose an organism’s entire genetic material. By doing this we are effectively translating the information contained in the long DNA molecules into a sequence of letters that is readable by humans and algorithms, so that we can analyse this information.


The genome stream of BGE is committed to generating high-quality reference genomes that will be openly accessible to everyone. High quality reference genomes are near error-free, gapless sequences and include detailed information about the genome’s structure. Once a reference genome is available for a given species it becomes much easier to analyse genomic data from multiple individuals or even other closely related species.