On January 6, 2011, GT Life Sciences, Inc, and BGI announced that they have successfully completed for the first time the sequencing of the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) genome

On January 25, 2011, the "2011 International Plant Pathogenomics Conference" co-organized by BGI-Shenzhen, China Agricultural University and The Sainsbury Laboratory ( TSL), is held in Shenzhen

On March 3, 2011, BGI and Danish organizations initiate DKK 170M cancer vaccine and Danish genome research

On March 7, 2011, the first seminar of BGI-Europe Seminar Tour was held at Seville, Spain

On March 18, 2011, BGI and Sun Yet-sen University held a press conference and jointly announced the complete sequencing of grouper (Epinephelus coioides) genome

On March 22, 2011, BGI announced its participation and pivotal role in the Earth Microbiome Project (EMP)

On April 4, 2011, BGI announced that a research team comprised of researchers from BGI and Anhui Medical University, China, reported the mutation in the NCSTN gene responsible for acne inversa (AI) by combining exome sequencing with previous genome-wide linkage analysis The results were published online in Journal of Investigative Dermatology on March 24th, 2011

On April 7, 2011, BGI attended Sydney University First Chinese Culture Fair as senior sponsor

On April 15, 2011, BGI and Xi’an Jiaotong University held a press conference jointly announcing the complete sequencing of the genome of the endangered crested ibis (Nipponia Nippon)

On April 20, 2011, a special seminar entitled “Genomics & ‘A Century of Biology’—A Chinese Perspective,” hosted by BGI and the Biomedical Informatics Research Center of SDSU, was held today at San Diego State University

On April 27, 2011, BGI hosted a festive celebration in Boston, Massachusetts to commemorate the one-year anniversary of BGI Americas and express appreciation to BGI’s valued collaborators, friends and associates

In May, 2011, Nature Publishing Group published Nature Publishing Index (NPI) 2010 China BGI Shenzhen is ranked 4th of Top 10 Institutions in the index

On May 11, 2011, BGI and TTI GG (Technological Top Institute Green Genetics) jointly announced to initiate 100 Tomato Genome Project

On May 19, 2011, the China-Japan Symposium on Cancer Research, hosted by BGI, Beijing Institute for Cancer Research and Chiba Cancer Center, was held today at Pattaya Hotel in Shenzhen

On May 20, 2011, Australian National University and BGI, announced earlier this week, the partners will establish joint research programs, share staff and knowledge, and create a new shared facility for genomics sequencing

On May 25, 2011, at the 15th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD 2011), BGI organized a workshop presented by experts from BGI, Shenzhen University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Hong Kong, to explore the progress and future of combining bioinformatics with the current IT strategy and technology

On May 26, 2011, BGI devotes to resolve epidemic Intestinal Hemorrhage E Coli Bacterium (EHEC)

On June 2, 2011, BGI sequences genome of the deadly E Coli in Germany and reveals new super-toxic strain

On June 3, 2011, BGI, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Zhedong White Goose Institute, held a press conference jointly announcing the first complete sequencing of goose genome

On June 4, 2011, further analysis on improved genome assembly indicates the outbreak E Coli has complex genetics with resistance to at least 8 antibiotics

On June 5, 2011, BGI found new clues in tracing the origin of the deadly E coli strain and appealed for the sharing of additional data

On June 7, 2011, BGI releases the 3rd version- the de novo genome of the E coli O104 outbreaks strain and is making their detection kit protocols and synthesized primers freely available worldwide

On June 14, 2011, the 1st International Earth Microbiome Project (EMP) Conference, co-organized by BGI, Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) and Earth Microbiome Project Committee, was held today at King Key Palace Hotel, Shenzhen

On June 14, 2011 - BGI and Covaris, Inc today announced a deal that will integrate Covaris’ Adadptive Focused Acoustics™ AFA™ DNA shearing technology across several BGI laboratories in China

On June 16, 2011, BGI and their collaborators at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf have now released the first complete map of the genome and plasmids without any assembly gaps (genome publicly available at ftp://ftpgenomicsorgcn/pub/Ecoli_TY-2482/Escherichia_coli_TY-2482chromosome20110616fagz

and plasmids at ftp://ftpgenomicsorgcn/pub/Ecoli_TY-2482/Escherichia_coli_TY-2482plasmid20110616fagz)

On June 20, 2011, BGI was announced to be one of the first recipients of the new HPC Innovation Excellence Award by International Data Corporation (IDC)

On June 24, 2011, Hong Kong University (HKU), BGI-Shenzhen and Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology today released new identifications and an updated draft genome assembly of the pathogen The newly assembled draft genome is a large improvement on the previous version and is available for free access on BGI website (ftp://ftpgenomicsorgcn/pub/Spyogenes/Spyogenes_005-D5/Spyogenes_005-D520110624contigfagz;


On June 29, 2011, BGI and Sydney University signed MOU for joint research projects

On June 30, 2011, in a study published online today in Genome Research (wwwgenomeorg), researchers have sequenced the genome of a fungus farming leaf-cutting ant

On June 30, 2011, 2011 International Social Insect Genomics Research Conference, organized by BGI was held today at King Key Palace Hotel, in Shenzhen

On July 5, 2011, Bio-IT APAC Conference & Expo 2011, co-organized by BGI and NVIDIA, is held today at the Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel, China

On July 5, 201, BGI held its Inaugural Partners Conference June 28th at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel <

On July 6, 2011, BGI released its latest bioinformatics software, including its Short Oligonucleotide Analysis Package (SOAP series, etc), Population Genetics Analysis Package, and Parallelization and Optimization of Traditional Tools

On July 6, 2011, GigaScience has released their first datasets to be given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), allowing these data to be formally cited in publications

On July 6th, 2011, BGI and Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, together published the whole sequence variation map of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) in Genome Biology

On July 11, 2011, BGI today at its 2nd Annual Conference of "1000 Plant & Animal Reference Genomes Project" (1000 PARGP) released the progress of the project it has made with international collaborators

On July 11, 2011, BGI announced today that it was among the research organizations comprising the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (PGSC) that completed the genome sequence and analysis of the tuber crop potato, published as an Advance Online Publication in Nature (http://wwwnaturecom/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature10158html)

On July 13, 2011,BGI Europe and Copenhagen Bio Science Park (COBIS) have today signed an agreement that will lead the way to the construction and establishment of a brand new 1,200 m2 BGI facility in Copenhagen Bio Science Park, located in the heart of the Danish capital

On July 14, 2011, BGI and Diagenode SA, announced today that they will enter into a close collaboration for the implementation of standard methods in epigenetics and next generation sequencing sample preparation

On July 16, 2011, BGI and National Wolfberry Engineering Research Center of Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences jointly announced to initiate “Chinese Wolfberry Genome Project”

On July 18, 2011, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and BGI collaborate to establish the CUHK–BGI Innovation Institute of Trans-omics (The Innovation Institute)

On July 21, 2011, Exonhit (Alternext: ALEHT) and BGI announced the successful completion of a project dedicated to expanding Exonhit’s Genome Wide SpliceArrayTM to an additional strategic preclinical animal model species

On July 25, 2011, the study on single-nucleotide resolution structural variations (SVs) of an Asian and African genome was published online in Nature Biotechnology (http://wwwnaturecom/nbt/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nbt1904html)

On July 28, 2011, BGI today announced that the study on Genomic Analysis of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O104:H4, conducted by BGI and its collaborators, was published online today in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) (http://wwwnejmorg/doi/full/101056/NEJMoa1107643)

On August 1, 2011, BGI and GT Life Sciences, Inc, announced today that their collaborative study on the genomic sequence of the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) K1 cell line was published online in Nature Biotechnology

On August 4, 2011BGI reports today TruSeq v3 Reagent Kits will be adopted to Illumina HiSeqTM 2000 at BGI to generate higher output and more accurate data

On August 8, 2011, BGI, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital and Shenzhen Second People’s Hospital, announced today that the study on frequent mutations of chromatin remodeling genes in transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the bladder was published online in Nature Genetics (http://wwwnaturecom/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ng907html)

On August 9, 2011, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University (IMAU) and BGI jointly announced the complete sequencing of genomes of four important representative species in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China

On August 29, 2011, The Institute of Vegetables and Flowers Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Oil Crops Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and BGI, announced today that they were among the research organizations comprising the Brassica rapa Genome Sequencing Project Consortium (BrGSPC) that completed the genome sequence and analysis of the mesopolyploid crop B rapa, a Chinese cabbage The findings are published online today in Nature Genetics (http://wwwnaturecom/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ng919html)

On September 13, 2011, President of the National Office of Innovation, Dr György Mészáros and President of BGI, Wang Jian signed a co-operation framework agreement on the establishment of the Central European centre of Shenzhen-headquartered BGI in Budapest (under the name BGI Central Europe)

On September 13, 2011, Merck (NYSE:MRK) and BGI, announced today that they have established a collaboration to focus on the discovery and development of biomarkers and genomic technologies

On September 20, 2011, BGI reported that they have achieved optimization RNA-Seq (Quantification) library construction with total RNA inputs as low as 100 ng

On September 23, 2011, The 2nd International Symposium on Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases, co-organized by BGI, Ruijin Hospital affiliated Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School and Research Centre of Heart, Brain, Hormone & Healthy Aging of Hong Kong University was launched at Hong Kong Science Park

On September 23, 2011, an international team of researchers have, for the first time, pieced together the human genome from an Aboriginal Australian The results, now to be published in the international journal Science, re-interpret the prehistory of our species

On October 5, 2011, Utrecht University, University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht and BGI signed a formal agreement in the Netherlands to establish partnership in genomics research programs

On October 11, 2011, BGI has developed the first exome sequencing platform for the monkey, based on next-generation sequencing technology and monkey exome capturing array (MECA)

On October 12, 2011, BGI announced that an international team of researchers from Korea, China and USA, for the first time, demonstrated the physiology and longevity of the naked mole rats(NMR) in terms of genomics and transcriptomics The results were published online today in Nature

On October 13, 2011, Autism Speaks and BGI jointly announce their partnership to create the world’s largest library of sequenced genomes of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

On October 17, 2011, The South China Center for Innovative Pharmaceuticals, Sun Yat-Sen University, and BGI, announced that they were among the research organizations from China, US and UK comprising an international research group that completed the genome sequence and comparison of two non-human primate animal models - Chinese rhesus macaque and cynomolgus The study is published today online in Nature Biotechnology

On October 19th, 2011, the workshop jointly hosted by BGI and the National Innovation Office (NIO) of the Hungarian Government was successfully held at Budapest

On October 25, 2011, The University of California, Davis, and BGI, announce partnership to establish state-of-the-art genome center in Sacramento

On October 28, 2011, an international team of researchers, led by the University of Melbourne and BGI, has sequenced the draft genome of Ascaris suum, a parasitic roundworm of pig This collaborative study, published online in Nature

On November 2, 2011, BGI today announced its participation and pivotal role in demonstrating the superior performance of RNA-Seq in predicting patient outcomes as part of the Sequencing Quality Control (SEQC) Project launched by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

On November 4, 2011, BGI and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, Mexico (CIMMYT) had reached an agreement on applied genomics research and molecular breeding

On November 6, 2011, a global research partnership led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) cracks pigeonpea genome It is published online in Nature Biotechnology

On November 9, 2011, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI today announced they have formed a partnership, BGI@CHOP, to conduct large-scale human genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis at a newly established, state-of-the-art Joint Genome Center at Children’s Hospital

On November 12, 2011, BGI announces several bioinformatics analysis pipelines and software, including assembly and binning tools, genetic variation software, as well as two cloud-based green solutions for genomic-based research

On November 14, 2011, BGI and Johns Hopkins University (JHU), today signed a collaborative research agreement for the synthetic yeast project (SC20 PROJECT), an ambitious synthetic biology project which seeks to re-design and synthesize the yeast genome

On November 15, 2011, BGI announced today that it has entered an agreement with Oregon State University to conduct collaborative de novo genome sequencing and transcriptome analysis of nine Phytophthora plant pathogens

On November 16, 2011, at the 6th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-6), multiple new global collaborative projects were announced, including three Million Genomes Projects, 10,000 Rice Genome and 1% Danes’ Genome Project

On November 16, 2011, BGI and Professor Lennart Hammarström from Karolinska Institutet at Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge reached an agreement on collaboration and a joint education program in the field of immunogenetics

On November 28, 2011, Roche NimbleGen, Inc and BGI, announced that they have developed a Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) region capture technology based on NimbleGen SeqCap EZ Choice Library, a revolutionary process for the enrichment of the MHC region

On December 5, 2011, BGI announced that a study on frequent mutation of genes encoding ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis pathway (UMPP) components in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is published online today in Nature Genetics

On December 6, 2011, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and BGI announced a collaborative agreement to sequence 5,000 cassava genotypes, including landraces, improved varieties, experimental populations and related wild species of the crop

On December 8, 2011, BGI started the trail operation of “BGI-BOX”, its first cloud computing terminal server, in China Agricultural University

On December 8, 2011, the International Conference on Microbial Life in Extreme Environments, co-organized by BGI, the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS), and Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, was held at Kingkey Palace Hotel, Shenzhen, China

On December 12, 2011, BGI was honored with the Research Partnership Award by the International Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in its 39th anniversary celebration

On December 12, 2011, BGI announced that a study on resequencing 50 accessions of cultivated and wild rice was published online today in Nature Biotechnology

On December 16, 2011, a group of scientists from United Kingdom (UK), China and United Arab Emirates (UAE) jointly announced the complete sequencing of peregrine and saker falcons genomes at the 2nd International Festival of Falconry held in Al Ain, UAE

On December 18, 2011, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University (IMAU), Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities (IMUN) and BGI, jointly announced the first complete sequencing of Mongolian genome.