On January 5, 2008, “Yanhuang 99 Project” was officially launched.

On January 22, 2008, “The 1000 genomes project” was initiated by an international research consortium, consisting of BGI-Shenzhen, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (UK) and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI, US).

On March 6, 2008, “The international Giant Panda Genome Project” was officially launched.

On March 10, 2008, “Huada Genomics Institute • Shenzhen University Medical School” was co-founded by BGI-Shenzhen and Shenzhen University.

From 18/05/2008 to 02/06/2008, BGI sent a team to Wenchuan Sichuan for the post-disaster disease control of “5•12 Wenchuan Earthquake”.

On June 19, 2008, BGI-Shenzhen was approved as a non-profit organization by Shenzhen government.

On October 11, 2008, the Press Conference regarding the achievement of giant panda genome map and cloning pig was convened on the opening day of “The 10th China HI-TECH Fair” in Shenzhen.

From 02/11/2008 to 05/11/2008, “2008 International Conference on Genomics-Application in Asian Pacific” was convened in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

On November 6, 2008, “The diploid genome sequence of an Asian individual” was published on the cover page of Nature.

On November 7, 2008, the Press Conference regarding the publication of the first Asian genome map on Natural was convened at the press conference room of Shenzhen government.

On December 28, 2008, the achievement of first giant panda genome map was selected as “2008 China top 10 Science & Technology News”.