On January 7, 2016, Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. and BGI announced that BGI has acquired its first Sequel System and plans to purchase additional units in order to further integrate SMRT Sequencing into its global service business.

On February 24, 2016, BGI Genomics launched a genome analytics engine -- BGI Online (beta version) -- using Aliyun cloud computing.

On March 21, 2016, BGI and Think Queensland signed MoU.

On March 25, 2016, BGI announced that it has performed worldwide more than 1 million sequencing-based non-invasive prenatal tests, the NIFTY® test.

On April 20, 2016, BGI Online completed 1000 human whole exome analysis within 22 hours.

On April 25, 2016,Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada, M.D., joins BGI to serve as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), International Community of Precision Medicine.

On May 11, 2016,BGI and UW Medicine signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on biomedical technology development.

On May 11, 2016, BGI and Washington State University signed MoU on basic and applied research in agriculture.

On May 16, 2016, BGI signed a partnership agreement with Clearbridge BioMedics.

On May 18, 2016, BGI and the Vancouver Prostate Centre signed MoU.

On June 2, 2016, BGI partnered with Ranomics to classify variants of unknown significance.

On July 20, 2016, an international team of researchers, led by the Centre for Social Evolution in Copenhagen, China National GeneBank and BGI-Shenzhen analyzed the genome sequences of seven farming ant species and their fungus crops. The findings was published today in Nature Communications.

 On August 11, 2016, Dr. Michael C. Dean has been appointed as Advisor of BGI Research. 

On August 15, 2016, BGI announced that it will be offering NRGene's technology as part of its broad genomics analysis services in agriculture research.

On August 16, 2016, BGI opened its new Australian and Asia Pacific headquarters at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute at Herston, and signed collaboration agreements with leading Queensland researchers: CSIRO, Griffith University and James Cook University.

On September 2, 2016, Shenzhen Precision Medical Research Institute (SZPMRI) was launched today in Shenzhen. BGI, Shenzhen Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission and Shenzhen Municipal Public Hospital Administration Center will work together to promote the development of precision medical research and clinical application.

On September 22, 2016, the China National GeneBank (CNGB) officially opened.
On October 21, 2016, BGI and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have entered into an agreement that will promote collaboration on a genomics-based research and education program.
BGI formed a global partnership with five leading health and research organizations (Providence Health Care,On October 22, 2016, St. Paul’s Foundation, Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), Genome British Columbia (Genome BC), and Deloitte Inc.) in British Columbia to bring together advanced technologies and individualized therapy for cancer and other diseases.
On October 28, 2016, GigaScience joins the Oxford University Press journals program
On October 31, 2016, BGI announced that it joins the International Gene Synthesis Consortium (IGSC).
On November 1, 2016, BGI and metaSysX GmbH sign a joint agreement on life science and healthcare

On November 5, 2016, BGI Launches the Latest Desktop Sequencer BGISEQ-50.
From November 4 to November 6, 2016, The 11th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-11) was successfully held in the China National Genebank.

On November 17, 2016, Prof. Huanming Yang, the co-founder and Chairman of BGI-China, was awarded as the foreign member of Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
On November 22, 2016, GigaScience published an article that presents the genome sequence of Ginkgo biloba, the oldest extant tree species. The research was carried out by a team of scientists at BGI, Zheijiang University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who tackled and analyzed an exceptionally large genome, totalling more than 10 billion DNA “letters”.
On December 15, 2016, BGI involved in publication of the first seahorse genome in Nature. 

On January 12, 2015, scientists from Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Southern Medical University, BGI and other institutes published their latest study on HPV in Nature Genetics online.

On January 12, 2015, scientists are from Tibet Academy of Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Sciences, Chengdu Institute of Biology, BGI, Israel Sapir Academic College and other institutes reported the 3.89-Gb draft genome of Tibetan hulless barley with 36,151 protein-coding genes on PNAS.

On January 23, 2015, BGI has published a study tracking the clinical performance of its whole genome sequencing-based non-invasive prenatal test, the NIFTY® test, in nearly 147,000 pregnancies, the largest such study to date. The study was published in the journal Ultrasound Obstetrics and Gynecology.

On January 27, 2015, scientists from Jiangxi Agricultural University, BGI and University of California published their latest research on genetic mechanism of pig altitude-adaptations in Nature Genetics online.

On February 3, 2015, WaferGen Bio-systems and BGI established proof-of-concept with WaferGen's SmartChip™-based single cell analysis technology. 

On February 9, 2015, BioNano Genomics, Inc. and BGI highlighted the publication of a peer-reviewed research article and its accompanying data* in GigaScience. This article describes the rapid detection of structural variation in a human genome using the high-throughput, cost-effective genome mapping technology of the Irys® System.

On February 12, 2015, researchers from Reprogenetics, Complete Genomics, BGI-Shenzhen and the New York University Fertility Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center announced the publication of new clinical data on Genome Research demonstrating that de novo single base mutations can be detected in embryos after in vitro fertilization (IVF).

On March 3, 2015, the researchers from China National Genebank at BGI and Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully decoded the genome of Tibetan frog (Nanorana parkeri). The study was published online at PNAS.

On March 11, 2015, researchers from BGI, Medical University Innsbruck, Hospital Oberndorf, University of Copenhagen, South China University of Technology and other institutions reported the gut microbiome development along the colorectal adenoma-carcinoma sequence in Nature Communications.

In March 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC announced the approved list of medical units allowed to conduct high-throughput clinical genetic sequencing services on cancer diagnosis and treatment. BGI’s clinical laboratory in Shenzhen and Tianjin are on the list.

On April 1, 2015, researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong have published a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that BGI’s NIFTY® test performed better than all other NIPT tests examined.

On April 1, 2015, Baylor College of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong have published a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that BGI’s NIFTY® test performed better than all other NIPT tests examined.

On April 2, 2015, researchers from Third Institute of Oceanography of State Oceanic Administration, ZheJiang University, BGI, Ocean University of China and Shenzhen University sequenced and assembled the genome of the large yellow croaker Larimichthys crocea. The finding was published online in PLOS Genetics.

On April 20, 2015, BGI announces the launch of a powerful and highly secure cloud computing platform for genomic data analysis, known as BGI Online.

On April 20, 2015, BGI, Peking University and other organizations reported the genome sequence of cultivated upland cotton. The latest study was published online in Nature Biotechnology.

On April 22, 2015, BGI signed an agreement on The Global Health Vaccine Accelerator Program with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with a dedication to accelerate vaccine development for several infectious diseases. 

On April 27, 2015, BGI announced that its NGS laboratory in Hong Kong has passed the onsite inspection by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and will be granted accreditation within two months.

On May 4, 2015, BGI announced to expand relationship with QIAGEN and to provide QIAGEN’s Ingenuity® Variant Analysis™ in integrated bioinformatics for all customers of BGI’s sequencing services.

On May 4, 2015, Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. announced that BGI has purchased its first PacBio RS II instrument and plans to purchase additional units in order to integrate Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) Sequencing into its global service business.

On May 11, 2015, a partnership between the European Bioinformatics Institute, the Universities of Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford, The Sainsbury Laboratory and TGAC with BGI and its open-access journal, GigaScience, has received funding from the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC) to support the sharing of data and analyses in metabolomics.

On May 13, 2015, researchers from BGI, University of Gothenburg, University of Copenhagen, and other organizations reported a comprehensive characterization of the human gut microbiome in infants from birth to one-year old.

On May 14, 2015, an international team led by researchers at China National GeneBank of BGI and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied the genomes of 10 bee species with different degrees of sociality. The latest study was published on Science.

On May 26, 2015, researchers from BGI reported the most complete haploid-resolved diploid genome (HDG) sequence based on de novo assembly with NGS technology and the pipeline developed lays the foundation for de novo assembly of genomes with high levels of heterozygosity. The latest study was published online in Nature Biotechnology.

On June 4, 2015, The Avian Phylogenomics Consortium formally announces the launch of the Bird 10,000 genomes (B10K) project, an initiative to generate representative draft genome sequences from all extant bird species within the next five years.

On June 6, 2015, Complete Genomics announced that Mater Health Services and Radboud University Medical Center are to become the first customers for the Revolocity™ sequencing system, the company’s new fully integrated “supersequencer.”

On June 27, 2015, BGI debuted its desktop sequencer BGISEQ-500 in China. 

On July 1, 2015, BGI announced that its high-throughput DNA sequencing laboratory in Hong Kong has been accredited by the American College of Pathologists. 

On July 6, 2015, China National Genebank, BGI-Shenzhen, developed mitochondrial metagenomics pipeline. The study was published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

On July 16, 2015, The CONVERGE Consortium identifies two robust genetic variants for major depressive disorder. The findings, published online in Nature, help enhance our understandings of the genetic basis of MDD.

On July 28, 2015, researchers from BGI, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, etc., reported the study on the oral and the gut microbiome in rheumatoid arthritis. The finding was published online in Nature Medicine.

On July 30, 2015, researchers from Sichuan University, Sun Yat-sen University, University of California, BGI, etc, reported the latest study on congenital cataracts. The finding was published in Nature

On September 18, 2015, Huawei and BGI today signed Joint Development Agreement on Big Data Storage Systems for Genetic Research at HCC2015.

On September 28, 2015, researchers from BGI, University of Copenhagen and other institutions established a gene catalog of the mouse gut microbiome. The study was published online in Nature Biotechnology.

On October 6, 2015, scientists from the John Innes Centre, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, BGI and etc., has discovered how an ancient alga was able to inhabit land, before it went on to evolve into the world’s first plant and colonise the earth.

On October 22, 2015, Intel, BGI and Aliyun Computing Co., Ltd. have officially signed a strategic MOU and announced they would jointly build an open precision medicine cloud platform.

On October 24, 2015, BGI launched its desktop sequencer BGISEQ-500 at the 10th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-10).

On October 26, 2015, Qingdao Sino-German Ecopark and BGI Announced Qingdao Genomics Summit Consensus.

On October 30, 2015, BGI and The Smithsonian Institution announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

On November 6, 2015, researchers from Xiamen University, University of Connecticut, BGI and other international organizations reported the mapping of Symbiodinium kawagutii genome. The finding was published on Science today.

On November 17, 2015, scientists from Uppsala University, BGI, University of Macau, etc. reported the structural genomic changes of the ruffs. The latest finding was published online today in Nature Genetics

On November 24, 2015, researchers from Nantong University (NTU), BGI, Chengdu Institute of Biology and James D. Watson Institute of Genome Sciences completed the genome sequencing of Gekko japonicus. The latest finding was published online in Nature Communications.

On December 8, 2015, Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and BGI announced a collaboration to create an extensive rice genetic resource library to advance food crop research and development.

On December 9, 2015, researchers from BGI, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Karolinska Institute and other organizations reported frequent alterations in cytoskeleton remodeling genes in primary and metastatic lung adenocarcinomas. The finding was published in Nature Communications 


On January 14, 2014, researchers from Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, BGI and other institutes have successfully decoded the whole genome sequence of Locust (Locusta migratoria).The latest study has been published online in Nature Communications.

On January 24, 2014, Lal Teer Livestock Limited and BGI announced today that they have completed the genome sequencing of water buffalo and the bioinformatics analysis.

On February 2, 2014, researchers from Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences, BGI-Shenzhen and other institutes have successfully decoded the first genome of a flatfish - half-smooth tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis). The latest study has been published online today in Nature Genetics.

On February 6, 2014, in a study published online in Current Biology, researchers from Rockefeller University and BGI-Shenzhen have sequenced the genome of the queenless clonal raider ant Cerapachys biroi, a new model system to study the molecular mechanisms of social behaviors.  

On February 27, 2014, researchers from Oil Crops Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, BGI, University of Copenhagen and other institutes have successfully cracked the genome of high oil content crop sesame. The latest study was published online in Genome Biology.

On March 16, 2014, in a collaborative study, researchers from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, BGI, Shantou University Medical College and other institutions identified important alterations of tumor-associated genes and tumorigenic pathways in esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC). The all-round work was published in Nature. 

On April 2, 2014, the International Peanut Genome Initiative (IPGI) has successfully sequenced the genome of the peanut.

On April 3, 2014, Chinese researchers from Rui-Jin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University School of Medicine, BGI, and other institutions have discovered that the activating hotspot L205R mutation in PRKACA gene was closely associated with adrenocortical tumors (ACTs), and the relationship of recurrently mutated DOT1L and CLASP2 with ACTs’ other subtypes. The latest study was published online in Science

On May 7, 2014, Unilabs and BGI signed an innovative collaboration agreement.

On May 8, 2014, in a paper published in the issue of the journal Cell as the cover story, researches from BGI, University of California, University of Copenhagen and other institutes presented the first polar bear genome and their new findings about how polar bear successfully adapted to life in the high Arctic environment, and its demographic history throughout the history of its adaptation.   

On May 18, 2014, Chinese scientists from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and BGI successfully deciphered the genome sequence of Gossypium arboreum. The latest study today was published online in Nature Genetics.   

On May 20, 2014, in a study published online today in Nature Communications, researchers from China, America and Germany have reported the sequences and analyses of the first termite genome (Zootermopsis nevadensis), revealing new insights into the molecular underpinning of complex societies in termites.   

On May 28, 2014, GigaScience announces the publication of an article on the genome sequencing of 3000 rice strains along with the release of this entire dataset in a citable format in journal’s affiliated open-access database, GigaDB. This work is the completion of stage one of the 3000 Rice Genomes Project, a collaborative effort made up of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and BGI, and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.

On June 5, 2014, the latest study, led by scientists from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, BGI and other institutes, presents a high-quality sheep genome. The work was published online in Science

On June 10, 2014, BGI and Genomed announce a strategic partnership in the field of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

On June 15, 2014, an international team, composed of 11 institutions from six countries, including BGI, presented the whole-genome sequence of Trichuris suis, a parasitic worm in pig. The latest research was published online in Nature Genetics.

On June 30, 2014, CFDA approved the registrations of BGI’s sequencers BGISEQ-1000, BGISEQ-100 and its diagnostic kits for fetal chromosomal aneuploidy (Trisomy 21, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13) using the methods of semiconductor sequencing and joint probe anchor sequencing.

On July 2, 2014, an international team, led by researchers from BGI and University of California, presented their latest significant finding that the altitude adaptation in Tibet might be caused by the introgression of DNA from extinct Denisovans or Denisovan-related individuals into humans. This work was published online in Nature.

On July 3, 2014, researchers from Salk Institute for Biological Studies, BGI, and other institutes successfully developed a new method, TALEN-HDAdV. This study was published online in Cell Stell Cell.

On July 7, 2014, BGI signed a ground breaking agreement with the University of Birmingham that will create the Joint Centre for Environmental Omics between the two institutions.

On July 7, 2014, researchers from BGI, working within the Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract (MetaHIT) project, and in collaboration with other institutions around the world, have established the highest quality integrated gene set for the human gut microbiome to date. 

On July 10, 2014, BGI and the University of Edinburgh signed a collaboration agreement to pursue an ambitious synthetic biology “construction” project worth up to £1Million.

On July 10, 2014, a team of researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BGI and other institutes have identified a gene of wild soybean linked to salt tolerance. This study was published online.

On July 22, 2014, BGI Tech announced the global launch of a new human whole exome sequencing service based on Complete Genomics’ industry-leading platform.

On July 23, 2014, the Laboratory Information Management System(LIMS) of BGI-Diagnosis obtained the Compliance Certificate of U.S. FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

On July 31, 2014, BioNano Genomics announced the purchase of an IrysTM System by BGI.

On July 29, 2014, QIAGEN N.V. and BGI Tech entered into a distribution and service agreement for the Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD®) in Greater China. 

On August 29, 2014, scientists from Harvard Medical School, Ewha Womans University, BGI and other institutes, presents a high-quality Damaraland mole rat genome. The latest study was published online in Cell Reports.

On September 9, 2014, The 9th International Conference on Genomics was held in Shenzhen.

On September 10, 2014, BGI Tech launched two new ranges of next generation sequencing (NGS) services – X bio and Intelligen.

On September 11, 2014, BGI, Imperial College London and Waters Corporation signed a framework agreement.

On September 12, 2014, BGI and The Vancouver Prostate Centre announced the establishment of the BGI-VPC Joint Research Laboratory to jointly discover and advance basic and translational programs in oncology, including personalized oncology.

On September 18, 2014, BGI Tech provides sequencing service to Denmark-based DLF-Trifolium and the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) at Aarhus University in an effort to develop a series of new high-yielding forage grass varieties by employing genomic selection (GS) methods.

On September 22, 2014, researchers at the Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen and BGI publishes a new research in PNAS by analyzing plant decomposition genes in the first genome sequencing of a fungus-farming termite and its fungal crop, and bacterial gut communities.

On October 10, 2014, The European Patent Office has issued patent number EP2561103B1 for invention to BGI for its independently researched non-invasive prenatal genetic test (NIPT) technology.

On September 30, 2014, scientists from China National Genebank at BGI-Shenzhen, South China University of Technology and University of Copenhagen provides evidence that RNA editing is involved in generating contrasting behavioral phenotypes among castes of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior. The study was published in Nature Communications.

On October 10, 2014, BGI, The University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, along with other entities comprising The 44 Sorghum Re-sequencing Project, announced the publication of significant new research findings on sorghum population genetics. The research was published in BMC Plant Biology.

On October 16, 2014, BGI Dx, and Bioscience Genomics announced the signing of a 5 Year Framework Agreement.

On October 22, 2014, an international team consists of scientists from Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, BGI, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and other institutes has successfully cracked the genomes of Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus), dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) and alpaca (Vicugna pacos). The study has been published on Nature Communications.

On October 27, 2014, BGI Tech and Hebei Agricultural University announced the complete, high quality sequencing of the Jujube genome. The study was published in Nature Communications.

On October 28, 2014, scientists from North America, Europe and China have published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on our planet.

On November 7, 2014, a collaboration of more than 100 researchers from 10 countries announces the results of an unprecedented scientific study that resolves the history of the evolution of insects. The results are published in Science.

On November 24, 2014, as one of the most diverse plant family, orchid now has its first whole genome sequenced and the result will appear as a cover story in Nature Genetics.

On December 3, 2014, BGI Europe and NIM Genetics announced the signing of an exclusive technology transfer agreement whereby BGI Europe will transfer its science and technology in the field of non-invasive prenatal testing.

On December 12, 2014, the first findings of the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium are being reported nearly simultaneously in 28 papers -- eight papers in a special issue of Science and 20 more in Genome Biology, GigaScience and other journals.

On December 12, 2014, an international team led by King’s College London and BGI, performed genome-wide methylated DNA immunoprecipitation sequencing in whole-blood-derived DNA from 27 monozygotic twin pairs and integrated with other omics analyses to identify key DNA methylation changes occurring in both type 2 diabetes-susceptibility genes as well as genes altered by the disease progression itself. The result was reported on Nature Communications.

On December 18, 2014, BGI-Shenzhen, South University of Science and Technology of China and University of Copenhagen agreed to collaborate on establishing a specialized college. The signing ceremony was held in Shenzhen, China, today.

In December, 2014, a Chinese team consists of scientists from Zhejiang University, BGI, China National GeneBank and other institutes have finished the genome of brown planthopper. The research was published on Genome Biology.


On January 7, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen and Complete Genomics, Inc announced that they have received early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period from the Federal Trade Commission regarding BGI’s proposed acquisition of Complete pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 15, 2012, among BGI, Beta Acquisition Corporation and Complete

On January 7, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen announced that it, through its wholly owned subsidiary Beta Acquisition Corporation, has extended its all cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Complete Genomics, Inc to 12:00 midnight (New York City time) on Friday, January 11, 2013

On January 10, 2013, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI-Shenzhen announced a formal agreement to collaborate on research into next-generation sequencing and analysis of pediatric brain tumors, in support of the Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC)

On January 11, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen announced that it, through its wholly- owned subsidiary Beta Acquisition Corporation, has extended its all cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Complete Genomics, Inc to 12:00 midnight (New York City time) on Friday, January 18, 2013

On January 11, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen and Complete Genomics, Inc announced that they have obtained clearance from the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China regarding BGI’s proposed acquisition of Complete pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 15, 2012, among BGI, Beta Acquisition Corporation and Complete

On January 14, 2013, an international research consortium, led by Fujian Agriculture, Forestry University (FAFU) and BGI, has completed the first genome sequence of the diamondback moth (DBM), the most destructive pest of brassica crops The latest study was published online in Nature Genetics

On January 16, 2013, China National Genebank (Shenzhen), also referred to as “CNGB-Shenzhen”, and National Museum of Natural History, USA jointly announced that they have reached a strategic agreement to promote biorepository and genomics research, as well as to enhance the mutual exchanges of experience in resource collection and sharing, infrastructure construction and information management

On January 28, 2013, in a scientific breakthrough that promises improved grain yields and quality, greater drought tolerance and disease resistance, and enhanced genetic diversity, a global research team has completed high-quality sequencing of not one but ninety genomes of chickpeaOn February 1, 2013, in a study published today in Science, researchers from University of Utah, BGI, and other institutes have completed the genome sequencing of rock pigeon, Columba livia, among the most common and varied bird species on Earth

On February 6, 2013, in a collaborative study published online today in Nature Communications, researchers from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and BGI have completed the genome sequencing of Chinese tree shrew, a small animal widely distributed in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and South and Southwest China

On March 4, 2013, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University and BGI Shenzhen reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting forth a framework for cooperation on genomics research and clinical services

On March 8, 2013, BGI Europe and GENNET signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on genetic screening for Mendelian disorders

On March 11, 2013, BGI Tech introduced its novel assembly solution for facilitating heterozygous genomes research

On March 12, 2013, The Genome Analysis Centre and BGI will be working together aiming to strengthen research collaborations and build on the world-class genomics and bioinformatics capabilities of both institutions

On March 13, 2013, in a collaborative study published online in Nature Communications, researchers from Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, BGI-Shenzhen, and University of Arizona have completed the genome sequencing of wild rice Oryza brachyantha

On March 18, 2013, BGI has successfully completed the acquisition of Complete Genomics, Inc (formerly NASDAQ: GNOM)

On March 21, 2013, H3 Biomedicine Inc, and BGI jointly announced that they have entered into a partnership to sequence and publish genomic data from pre-clinical cancer models

On March 25, 2013, Nature presents two manuscripts that provide an unprecedented glimpse into the adaptation and domestication of wheat These achievements are the results of joint efforts led by the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and BGI

On March 25, 2013, in a collaborative study published online in Nature Genetics, researchers from Cardiff University, BGI, International Wildlife Consultants, Ltd, and Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, have completed the genome sequencing and analysis of two iconic falcons, the peregrine (Falco peregrinus) and saker (Falco cherrug)

On March 27, 2013, BGI and BioMed Central’s open access journal GigaScience announces the publication of an article that presents a new method for assessing and understanding biodiversity that uses a DNA-soup made from crushed-up insects and next generation sequencing technology

On April 3, 2013, BGI Health established a partnership with Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences on the project of introducing non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the Middle East

On April 16, 2013, BGI Health and ACIBADEM Healthcare Group Genetic Diagnostic Center in cooperation with Genoks Company Molecular Biology, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for jointly introducing the advanced genetic testing technologies to Turkey and improving Turkish reproductive healthcare

On April 19, 2013, a partnership between the University of Birmingham, BGI and its open-access journal, GigaScience, has received funding from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to develop a software platform for the analysis of large-scale environmental metabolomics data

On April 29, 2013, The Joint International Turtle Genomes Consortium, led by investigators from RIKEN, BGI, and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has completed the genome sequencing of soft-shell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) and green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

On May 17, 2013, in a collaborative research published in Nature Communications, investigators from Qinghai University, BGI, and other institutes provide evidence that some genetic factors may be associated with Tibetan Antelope’s adaption to harsh highland environments

On May 30, 2013, BGI Health and Istenhegyi Genetics Diagnostic Centre have formed strategic partnership for introducing non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test to Hungary

On June 7, 2013, BGI-Shenzhen announced that it has partnered with a global alliance including nearly 70 leading health care, research, and disease advocacy organizations in over 40 countries to enable responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data

On June 10, 2013, the duck genome consortium consisted of scientists from China Agricultural University, BGI, University of Edinburgh and other institutes has completed the genome sequencing and analysis of the duck (Anas platyrhynchos), one principal natural host of influenza A viruses

On June 17, 2013, BGI announces it has formed new partnership with Bogazici Univeristy, Acibadem University, and Cankiri Karatekin University, respectively

On June 28, 2013, BGI Health and Association of Czech genetic centers jointly announced the founding of a genetic test facility center in Prague, Czech, which will be the companies first test center focusing on prenatal diagnostics in Europe

On July 1, 2013, The Asian Cancer Research Group, in collaboration with BGI and The University of Hong Kong, jointly announced the publication of findings from a study of recurrent mutations in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the international journal Genome Research

On July 3, 2013, the international team, which included researchers from University of Copenhagen, BGI and other institutes, has successfully sequenced and analyzed the short pieces of DNA preserved in bone-remnants from a horse frozen for the last 700,000 years in the permafrost of Yukon, Canada

On July 18, 2013, Complete Genomics, Inc (formerly NASDAQ: GNOM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of BGI-Shenzhen, today announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Illumina, Inc

On July 22, 2013, BGI Shenzhen, together with Reproductive & Genetic Hospital CITIC-XIANGYA announced today that they have successfully applied Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to detect in vitro fertilized (IVF) embryos with genetic abnormalities

On July 24, 2013, BGI Health and ELIPS jointly announced that they have entered a collaborative agreement on non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test with the aim to significantly improve the local people’s reproductive health in Turkey.

On August 9, 2013, Chinese scientists from Zhejiang University and BGI have completed the genome sequencing and analysis of the endangered Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis). The study was published in Cell Research.

On August 13, 2013, University of Alberta, Government of Alberta and BGI announce that they are forming a joint collaboration to commercialize a new diagnostic test for pre-cancerous polyps, PolypDx, from Metabolomic Technologies Inc..

On August 16, 2013, an international team, consisting of scientists from University of California San Diego, BGI and other institutes, has investigated the entire DNA code of Andean individuals with chronic mountain sickness, or Monge's disease to unravel the puzzle of genetic mutations associated with CMS from whole-genome level. The study was published online in American Journal of Human Genetics.

On August 28, 2013, a consortium of researchers from The University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and BGI has discovered that sorghum, a drought-tolerant African crop, holds vastly more genetic variation than previously reported. This study was published in Nature Communications.

On August 29, 2013, The MetaHIT consortium, comprised of Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique, University of Copenhagen, BGI, and other institutes, has investigated the gut microbial composition in a cohort of 123 non-obese and 169 obese Danish individuals. The latest results were published online in Nature.

September 5, 2013, BGI in collaboration with Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other Chinese institutes, have completed the genome sequencing of 161 Mycobacterium tuberculosis that can cause an infectious disease tuberculosis (TB). The study was published online in Nature Genetics.

On September 12, 2013, BGI Tech and South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics announced today that they are collaborating on the San Antonio 1000 Cancer Genome Project.

On September 18, 2013, An international team led by South Korea’s Personal Genomics Institute and BGI unraveled the first whole genome of a 9-year-old male Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), and compared it with the genomes of other big cats including the white Bengal tiger, lions, and snow leopards. The latest study was published online in Nature Communications.

On September 24, 2013, The 2nd International Conference on Genomics in the Americas (ICG-Americas 2013), was successfully held on 12-13 September in Sacramento, CA.

On September 24, 2013, BGI-Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sidra Medical and Research Center to bring genomics technology and population studies to Middle Eastern and North African countries.

On October 16, 2013, a Chinese research team composed of Shenzhen Second People’s Hospital, BGI and other institutes reports their latest study on bladder cancer genomics that was published online in Nature Genetics.

On October 21, 2013, Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) and BGI jointly announced that BGI has purchased 38 Ion Proton™ Sequencers and plans to add at least a dozen more by the end of the year.

On October 28, 2013, BGI-Hong Kong today announces that its 3730 production center has been put into operation, which enables BGI to shorten the turnaround time and greatly increase the efficient processing of DNA samples shipped by overseas collaborators and customers.

In November 2013, a new collaboration between, BGI-Shenzhen, GigaScience and Pensoft Publishers presents an innovative holistic approach to describing new species creating a new kind of ‘specimen’, the ‘cybertype’, a 3D computer image that can be downloaded anywhere in the world it is needed and swathe of data types to suit modern biology, including the transcriptome, a DNA barcode, video of the live animal in additional to the traditional morphological description. The approach is illustrated by the description of a new centipede species from Croatia – the ‘cyber centipede’ Eupolybothrus cavernicolus.

On October 29, 2013, researchers from Nanjing Normal University and BGI report their original genomic research on Baiji, also known as Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer). The latest study was published online in the journal Nature Communications.

On October 29, 2013, The China National Genebank has announced the development of a strategic alliance agreement with BioStorage Technologies, Inc.

On November 1, 2013, the 8th International Conference on Genomics was successfully concluded with numerous updates provided on on-going research applying today's accurate and affordable technologies to advancing human health and agricultural breeding.

On November 4, 2013, in a collaborative study published online today in Nature Genetics, researchers from the Genome Centre of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, BGI, and other institutes present a cucumber genomic variation map that includes about 3.6 million variants revealed by deep resequencing of 115 cucumbers worldwide.

On November 11, 2013, coding variants in immune disease-related genes play only a small part in the overall genetic risk for psoriasis, according to a new study led by Anhui Medical University and BGI. The latest study was published online in Nature Genetics.

On November 15, 2013, Carlsberg Laboratory and BGI Tech jointly announce their partnership to decode the DNA sequence of barley chromosome 6 with the aim to provide a valuable resource for the development of new barley cultivars.

On November 19, 2013, The China National Genebank (CNGB) announces the official launch of the 1,000 Fish Transcriptome Project (Fish T1K).

On November 25, 2013, in a collaborative study, researchers from Lanzhou University, BGI and other institutes have succeeded in unraveling the whole genome sequence of desert poplar, Populus euphratica, and the genetic bases underlying poplar to against salt stress. The research results have been published online in Nature Communications.

On November 25, 2013, in a paper published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Korea Genome Research Foundation, BGI, and other institutes presented the first high-depth minke whale genome and their new findings on how whales successfully adapted to ocean environment.

On November 27, 2013, BGI Health and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital entered into an agreement to introduce non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test to India.

On December 3, 2013, The African Orphan Crops Consortium opened the African Plant Breeding Academy to help improve the livelihoods of Africa’s smallholder farmers and their families, reduce hunger and boost Africa’s food supply. BGI is a member of the consortium.

On December 11, 2013, Chinese researchers from Rui-Jin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University School of Medicine, BGI and other institutes identified the recurrent T372R mutation in the transcription factor YY1 (Yin Yang 1) are related with insulinoma oncogenesis. The latest study was published online in Nature Communications.

On December 13, 2013, BGI-Health and University of Mayor jointly announced that they have entered a collaborative agreement on non-invasive fetal trisomy test, hereditary cancer genomic testing and monogenic disorder genomic testing.

On January 10, 2012, RainDance Technologies, Inc, the Digital Biology™ Company, today announced that it is collaborating with the Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris, France and BGI, to discover new variants and confirm findings from a Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) study conducted by researchers at the Hôpital Saint-Louis

On January 14, 2012, Affymetrix®, Inc (NASDAQ:AFFX), announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, to enter into a strategic co-development and co-marketing collaboration

On January 15, 2012, the genome of Schistosoma haematobium, a blood parasite of human, was published online in Nature Genetics It is a collaborative study led by University of Melbourne and BGI

On January 23, 2012, an analysis of the genes of twelve chimpanzees carried out by researchers at the Bioinformatics Research Centre, Aarhus University, the Section of Bioinformatics, University of Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Zoo and BGI has been published online in PNAS

On January 27, 2012, the ISA Commons – wwwisacommonsorg, is described in a Commentary published in Nature Genetics

In February, 2012, the 1KITE (1K Insect Transcriptome Evolution) project was officially started

On February 10, 2012, BGI opens its first European Genome Research Center located in Copenhagen Bio Science Park (COBIS)

On February 13, 2012, in a new study published online in Nature Biotechnology, researchers from BGI reported the evidence of extensive RNA editing in a human cell line by analysis of RNA-seq data, demonstrating the need for new robust methods to identify important post-transcriptional editing events

On February 15, 2012, VIB, one of Europe’s leading life sciences research institutes in Belgium, and BGI today concluded a jointly organized meeting focused on large-scale genomics projects

On February 17, 2012, The University of California, Davis, and BGI signed a master agreement sealing a partnership that will change the landscape of genomic sciences in California and the Western states

On February 17, 2012, BGI and Asia Cancer Research Group (ACRG) jointly announced a new collaboration on cancer genomics research as part of ACRG’s mission to generate a unique and best-in-class data source on cancers prevalent in Asia, and to accelerate research and development of improved treatments for those cancers by freely sharing the resulting data with the scientific community

On February 29, 2012, Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE: A) and BGI today announced a collaborative effort to develop methodologies designated for next-generation genome-wide association studies

On March 2, 2012, Novo Nordisk and BGI jointly announced that they have reached an agreement to establish a global collaboration framework

On March 2, 2012, BGI developed single-cell genome sequencing technology and published two research papers for cancer single-cell sequencing in the research journal Cell

On March 3, 2012, Lal Teer Livestock Limited, an associate of Lal Teer Seed Ltd, and BGI jointly announced today that they came to a mutual agreement to conduct collaborative water buffalo genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis

On March 7, 2012, the 13th Workshop of Genomic Standard Consortium Meeting organized by BGI, and the Genomic Standard Consortium (GSC) was successfully conducted at Kingkey Palace Hotel, Shenzhen, China

On March 8, 2012, BGI reported that it can use next-generation sequencing to analyze DNA as low as 200 ng from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples

On March 21, 2012, to facilitate the genomics research and communication between BGI, University of Helsinki and Wuhan University, researchers from these organizations have reached a Memorandum of Understanding setting forth a framework for some subjects of mutual interest in the field of genomics, such as archaeal organisms from hypersaline environments, among others

On March 23, 2012, BGI, Technological Top Institute of Green Genetics, Netherlands eScience Centre and Netherlands Institute of Bioinformatics signed a Memorandum of Understanding to address the challenge of managing, transporting, integrating and analysing today’s tremendous flow of genomic data

On March 25, 2012, BGI has launched a joint bioinformatics & computing laboratory with National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin (NSCC-TJ) to promote the interdisciplinary cooperation in the fields of supercomputing and biological science as well as to boost the rapid development of OMICS-related industries

On April 17, 2012, the international coordination meeting on the synthetic yeast project (Sc20 PROJECT), co-organized by Johns Hopkins University, BGI and Tsinghua University with the support of National Science Foundation, was held at the Wenjin Hotel, Beijing, China

On April 19, 2012, Chinese scientists from BGI, together with the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shihezi University, Xinjiang province, made a significant breakthrough in animal cloning The world’s first transgenic sheep produced with a simplified technique, handmade cloning, was successfully born in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China

On April 19, 2012, The 2012 Autism Symposium on Genetic and Epidemiology Research, organized by BGI, One Foundation, and co-organized by Autism Speaks, was held in Shenzhen

On April 24, 2012, BGI and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a long-term collaboration on applied genomics research and molecular breeding

On April 24, 2012, BGI introduced its latest-generation cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, EasyGenomics™, at the 10th Bio-IT World Conference & Expo being held April 24 to 26 in Boston, Mass

On April 25, 2012, Aspera, Inc and BGI announced at Bio-IT World that they have partnered to integrate and deploy the Aspera Connect Server and Aspera fasp™ high-speed file transferring technology with “EasyGenomicsTM”, BGI’s latest cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, and to expand BGI’s high speed sequencing data delivery service

On May 2, 2012, representatives from BGI, in conjunction with George Mason University, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, jointly announce that they have signed an agreement to sequence 100 human adenoviruses gathered from researchers globally, including ones that cause respiratory, gastrointestinal and ocular diseases

On May 11, 2012, The 2nd Japan-China Symposium on Cancer Research, jointly organized by Chiba Cancer Center, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, BGI, and BGI JAPAN, was successfully held on May 9th-11th, 2012 in Chiba, Japan

On May 14, 2012, BGI, in cooperation with Zhangjiakou Academy of Agricultural Science, has completed the genome sequence and analysis of foxtail millet (Setaria italica), the second-most widely planted species of millet Results of the latest study were published online in Nature Biotechnology

On May 15, 2012, BGI announced that a new Roche GS FLX+ System has been successfully installed at its facility in Shenzhen, China

On May 16, 2012, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and China National GeneBank (Shenzhen) sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration on BioBank

On May 22, 2012, in a paper published online in Nature Communications, researchers from Sichuan Agricultural University and BGI reported the atlas of DNA methylomes in porcine adipose and muscle tissues, providing a valuable epigenomic source for obesity prediction and prevention as well as boosting the further development of pig as a model animal for human obesity research

On May 24, 2012, Nature Publishing Group published Nature Publishing Index (NPI) 2011 China, a supplement to Nature BGI Shenzhen is ranked 10th of Top 10 Institutions in the index

On May 26, 2012, The International Conference on Genomics in Europe (ICG-Europe), organized by BGI, was successfully conducted at Biocenter of Copenhagen, Denmark

On May 28, 2012, The Asian Cancer Research Group, in collaboration with BGI, announced the publication of results from a whole genome-wide study of recurrent hepatitis B virus (HBV) integration in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Nature Genetics

On June 4, 2012, BGI, together with other 17 international institutes, announced that they completed the second generation of maize HapMap (Maize HapMap2) and genomics studies on maize domestication and improvement The two separate studies were published online in the same issue of Nature Genetics

On June 4, 2012, the workshop themed “High--throughput Genomics: a Revolution in the Life Sciences” was successfully held in Utrecht, the Netherlands The workshop was co-organized by Utrecht University, the University Medical Center Utrecht and BGI

On June 6, 2012, an international pear genome consortium, including scientists from Nanjing Agricultural University, BGI, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii, and Tohoku University, has completed the first pear genomic sequence in the world The early access of pear genomic data is now available online (http://peargenomenjaueducn)

On June 11, 2012, an international study, conducted by Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), BGI, and other collaborators, demonstrates that the DNA methylomes between newborns and centenarians are different, shedding important new light on how epigenetic marks degrade during aging The latest study was published online in the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

On June 12, 2012, GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE), and BGI jointly announced today a pioneering multi-year research collaboration in stem cell science

On June 18, 2012, BGI and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced that they have jointly initiated the 1,000 Rare Diseases Project with the aim of accelerating the discovery of genetic variants underlying rare diseases

On June 29, 2012, BGI announced today that a group of scientists and researchers successfully demonstrated genomic data transfer at a sustained rate of almost 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) over a new link connecting US and China research and education networks

On July 3, 2012, the symposium themed “The Era of Next Generation Sequencing in Cancer”, co-organized by BGI and Imperial College London, was successfully conducted in London, UK

On July 5, 2012, an international team, led by Lanzhou University, comprising BGI, Institute of Kunming Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as the other 12 institutes, has completed the genomic sequence and analyses of a female domestic yak, which provides important insights into understanding mammalian divergence and adaptation at high altitude This study was recently published online in Nature Genetic

On July 12, 2012, BGI and their publishing partner BioMed Central, a leader in scientific data sharing, announce the launch of a new journal, GigaScience, which publishes large-scale biological research in a unique format

On July 13, 2012, an international team, led by Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Science and BGI, has completed the genomic sequence and analysis of salt cress (Thellungiella salsuginea), a wild salt-tolerant plant The study was published online in PNAS

On July 17, 2012, BGI announced today that it has successfully developed a new filtering tool, PDXomics™, which performs accurate and specific classification of the mixed reads derived from the host and tumor xenografts

On July 24, 2012, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the University of Edinburgh and BGI

On July 30, 2012, a five-country international team, led by Casey Eye Institute Molecular Diagnostic laboratory, BGI and Zhejiang University School of Medicine First Affiliated Hospital identified the NMNAT1 mutations as a cause of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), one of the most common causes of inherited blindness in children The latest study was published online in Nature Genetics

On August 1, 2012, The University of Birmingham and BGI have announced a major joint initiative in environmental and human health research

On August 7, 2012, BGI Tech Solutions Co, LTD and BGI Ark Biotechnology Co, LTD today announced that they have jointly developed an advanced transgenic mice platform for boosting human diseases and medical research, with the advantages of improved efficiency, high positive rate, available sex determination, fast turnaround time, and low cost

On August 21, 2012, the three-day conference themed “Fourth Symposium & Short Course on Medical and Laboratory Applications of Genetics and Genomics (Special Section for inherited Eye Diseases)” was successfully conducted in Shenzhen China

On August 22, 2012, an international team led by New York University School of Medicine and BGI has completed the first genome-wide and single-nucleotide resolution DNA methylomes of two ant species: Camponotus floridanus and Harpegnathos saltator The latest study was published in Current Biology, one sister journal of Cell

On August 28, 2012, the international research team led by Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and BGI has completed the genome sequence and analysis of a diploid cotton-- Gossypium raimondii The study was published online in Nature Genetics

On September 17, 2012, Complete Genomics, Inc (NASDAQ: GNOM), and BGI-Shenzhen announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement Through this agreement, a wholly-owned US subsidiary of BGI will launch a tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Complete for $315 per share in cash, without interest

On September 17, 2012, a Chinese research team, led by Anhui Medical University and BGI, has found the strong genetic evidences of mevalonate kinase gene (MVK) mutations link to disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) The latest study was published online in Nature Genetics

On September 18, 2012, BGI Tech Solutions Co, Ltd, a subsidiary company of BGI, announced that they have achieved whole exome sequencing analysis of total degraded DNA as low as 200 ng from formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) samples

On September 20, 2012, an international research team, led by Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences and BGI, has completed the sequencing, assembly and analysis of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) genome—the first mollusk genome to be sequenced—that will help to fill a void in our understanding of the species-rich but poorly explored mollusc family The study was published online in Nature

On September 24, 2012, BGI announced that it and INEX Innovations Exchange Pte Ltd have formed a partnership to establish a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) facility in Singapore to offer a suite of molecular genetics tests, starting with a non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test to detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities in pregnant women

On September 24, 2012, BGI and Griffith University jointly announced that they came into a mutual agreement to conduct collaborations in teaching, training, research and other activities

On September 25, 2012, BGI announced that it and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a collaboration on global health and agricultural development with the goal of achieving common objectives in health and agricultural development, and meaningfully contributing to the achievement of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals

On September 26, 2012, BGI announces the online publication in the international journal Nature of a novel metagenomic study on human gut microbiota and their potential impact on type 2 diabetes (T2D), the most common form of diabetes

On September 27, 2012, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and BGI announced that the BGI@CHOP Joint Genome Center will begin to offer clinical next-generation sequencing (NGS) services at CHOP through the hospital’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in a CAP/CLIA-compliant environment

On September 28, 2012, the inaugural International Conference on Genomics in the Americas (ICG Americas 2012), co-organized by BGI and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), was successfully concluded with numerous updates

On October 16, 2012, BGI and GENNET jointly announced that they have entered a collaborative agreement on non-invasive fetal trisomy (NIFTY) test with the aim to significantly improve reproductive health in Czech and Slovak Republics

In October 2012, five major data centres have expanded their commitment to make research data more accessible through the British Library’s DataCite service, a global initiative that addresses the problem of how to find, access and re-use the results of research BGI is the first Asian data centre, alongside the UK based Archaeology Data Service, the UK Data Archive, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Science & Technology Facilities Council that have signed up to the service and are the first institutions to work with the British Library on this initiative

On October 31, 2012, Cambridge, MA, and Shenzhen, China – BGI, the world’s largest genomics organizations, announced today it is among 101 research organizations comprising the 1000 Genomes Project Consortium that has successfully constructed an integrated map of genetic variation from 1,092 human genomes, providing an invaluable resource for researchers to better understand the contribution of genetics to diseases The latest study was published as an Advance Online Publication in Nature

On November 15, 2012, today marks the publication of two studies involving researchers from the BGI on the whole-genome sequencing, analysis and production of high quality reference genomes for the pig in the journals Nature and GigaScience (a BGI and BioMed Central journal)

On November 19, 2012, an international research team led by Nanjing Agricultural University and BGI, has completed the first genomic sequence of pear by an approach using the combination of BAC-by-BAC strategy and next-gen sequencing The results were published online in Genome Research

On November 20, 2012, BGI-Shenzhen announced that it, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Beta Acquisition Corporation, has extended its all cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Complete Genomics, Inc (GNOM) to 12:00 midnight (New York City time) on Friday, December 14, 2012 The Offer was previously scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight (New York City time) on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On November 26, 2012, an international team led by Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, BGI, and other institutes has completed the genomic sequence of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) and the resequencing of 20 watermelon accessions

On November 28, 2012, BGI announced its latest advances in the analysis, management and dissemination of “Big Genomics Data” at their 3rd bioinformatics software and data release conference

On December 1, 2012, BGI announced the establishment of BGI Hong Kong Research Institute and the appointment of five honorary professors in the 7th International Conference on Genomics & Bio-IT APAC 2012

On December 3, 2012, The 7th International Conference on Genomics and Bio-IT APAC 2012, organized by BGI, successfully concluded with numerous updates on on-going research applying today's latest sequencing and bioinformatics technologies to a new paradigm of human diseases and to enhancing global agriculture development

On December 13, 2012, the first Shenzhen International Biotech Innovation Forum & Expo (SIBIFE), co-organized by Shenzhen Municipal people’s Government, China Medicinal Biotechnology Association and BGI, is being held from December 13 to December 15 at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center

On December 16, 2012, a research team, led by Institute of Zoology of Chinese Academy of Sciences and BGI, has successfully reconstructed a continuous population history of the giant panda from its origin to the presentThe latest study was published online in Nature Genetics

On December 17, 2012, The 2012 ISCB-Asia/SCCG, a joint-event of ISCB-Asia 2012 and the Shenzhen Conference on Computational Genomics (SCCG), is co-organized by International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and BGI

On December 20, 2012, The 6th Asian Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (AYRCOB) is composed of six organizing countries and districts, including Australia, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

On December 21, 2012, an international team, comprised King’s College London, Pfizer, BGI and other organizations, has explored the genetic variation related with pain sensitivity in the normal population, revealing some existing discovery that treatments for high blood pressure may also be used to treat chronic pain in the future The latest study was published online in the international journal PLoS Genetics

On December 21, 2012, a study published online in Cell reports the latest investigation of de novo germline mutation by whole genome sequencing in autism patients

On December 21, 2012, BGI announces the online publication in Science of the latest findings through genomic analysis of two distantly related bat species, the Black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) and David’s Myotis (Myotis davidii)

On December 24, 2012, in a collaborative study published online today in Nature Biotechnology, researchers from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, BGI, and other institutes, have completed the first genome sequence of domestic goat by a robust approach integrated with next-generation sequencing (NGS) and whole-genome mapping (WGM) technologies

On December 28, 2012, BGI-Shenzhen and Complete Genomics, Inc announced that they have obtained clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States regarding BGI’s proposed acquisition of Complete pursuant to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 15, 2012, among BGI, Beta Acquisition Corporation and Complete

On December 28, 2012, a Chinese research team, led by Beijing Forestry University, BGI, Beijing Lin Fu Ke Yuan Flowers Co, Ltd, and other institutes, has completed the first genomic sequence of Prunus mume, known as mei

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;

ftp://ftpgenomicsorgcn/pub/Spyogenes/Spyogenes_005-D6/Spyogenes_005-D620110624contigfagz)

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.

In January, 2010, BGI has purchased 128 HiSeq 2000 sequencing systems, representing the largest single order for next-generation sequencing systems to date

On January 9, 2010, BGI officially launched the 1000 plant and animal reference genome project and calls for the collaboration from all over the world

In January, 2010, The article entitled, “Complete resequencing of 40 genomes reveals domestication events and genes in silkworm (Bombyx)”, “The genome of the cucumber, Cucumis sativus L” , “The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome” have recently been featured on Nature China, an online publication from Nature Publishing Group, the publisher of Nature

On February 10, 2010, BGI and University of Copenhagen reported online in Nature that they have sequenced an ancient human genome using DNA isolated from preserved hair samples found in Greenland’s permafrost

On March 3, 2010BGI led research team published a proof-of-principle metagenomics study using short read sequencing to catalog and characterize the microbial genes present in the human gut

Next Generation Sequencing Platform of BGI-Shenzhen has received the ISO9001 certification issued by SGS on March 18th, 2010

On March 19th, 2010, BGI and US teams announced “the symbiont genome project”, which is to sequence the genomes of sea slug, Elysia chlorotica and its algal food Vaucheria litorea

On April 13th, 2010, The Chinese Marrow Donor Program (CMDP) officials led by the Director of Volunteer Database Management Center, Liu Jinghu, surveyed oral mucosa swab sampling activity which was carried out in BGI

On April 27th, 2010, BGI Americas was founded and set up the head office in Boston, US

On May 3rd, 2010, the single base-resolution methylome of the silkworm, accomplished by the joint efforts of BGI, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Shanghai Cancer Institute, and Southwest University, was published online by Nature Biotechnology

On May 13th and 14th, 2010, the International Conference on the Progress of “1000 Plant and Animal Reference Genomes Project” ("1000 Project" for short) was held in BGI-Shenzhen, China

On May 17th 2010, 15:00 Denmark local time, the set up of BGI Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark was officially announced

On May, 22nd, 2010, the President of BGI, Mr Wang Jian, Dr Chen Fang, together with the Chairman of China Vanke, Mr Wang Shi and other mountaineers, have successfully ascended the summit of Mount Everest, the most inaccessible place in the world

On June 9, 2010, a collaborative research team from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia and BGI, is the first in the world to successfully map the full genome of Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius)

On June 28, 2010, the Symposium on Rice Genomics and Agricultural Application initiated by BGI was successfully held in Shenzhen

On July 2, 2010, initiated and finished by the leading of BGI-Shenzhen, Sequencing of 50 Human Exomes Reveals Adaptation to High Altitude was published on Science

On July 21, 2010, primarily undertaken by BGI-Shenzhen, A human gut microbial gene catalogue established by metagenomic sequencing was selected as Research Highlights by Nature China

From July 29 to 30, 2010 Symposium on Human Pathogen Genomics, jointly hosted by Professional Committee of Analytical Microbiology of Chinese Society for Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology of Chinese Academy of Sciences and BGI-Shenzhen, was held in Shenzhen

On July 31, 2010, whole genome sequence map of oyster was jointly completed by Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, State University of New Jersey and BGI-Shenzhen

On July 31 2010, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI) Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences and BGI-Shenzhen, jointly announced the complete sequencing and assembly of Cynoglossus semilaevis genome

On August 4, 2010, initiated and finished by the leading of BGI-Shenzhen, Sequencing of 50 Human Exomes Reveals Adaptation to High Altitude published on Science was selected as Research Highlights by Nature China

On August 8, 2010, the Seminar on Leukemia and Genome Research among Chinese Natural Population undertaken by BGI-Shenzhen was held in Shenzhen

An international team of researchers at Arizona State University, BGI-Shenzhen, New York University School of Medicine, and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, reported on 27th August in Science the genomes of two ant species: Camponotusfloridanus and Harpegnathossaltator

From Sept2 to Sept4, 2010 International Ophthalmic Disease Genetics Research Conference, hosted by BGI-Shenzhen and University of California, San Diego, USA, was held in Shenzhen

On September 6, 2010, Epitwin, one of the most ambitious large-scale epigenetics projects, was launched by TwinsUK and BGI-Shenzhen

On September 10, 2010, BGI-Shenzhen and Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital signed agreements of sino-danish clinical genetics cooperation and non-invasive prenatal genetic screening project

On September 11, 2010, the signing ceremony of joint PhD program between BGI-Shenzhen and University of Copenhagen was held in Shenzhen

On September 15, 2010, Merck and BGI signed statement of intent to collaborate to advance the application of genomics in medicine

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 23rd September 2010 “The Netherlands Genome Project”, a collaboration between the Netherlands Genome Consortium and BGI, was announced

On September 23, 2010, the signing ceremony of joint PhD program between BGI and Aarhus University was held in Shenzhen

On October 4, 2010, an international research group reported the resequencing and analysis of 200 human exomes, established the largest data set for human exomes published so far and reveal an excess of low frequency deleterious non-synonymous genetic mutations

On October 25, Nature Genetics published online a whole genome map of single nucleotide polymorphism, insertion/deletion variation and the gene content variation among elite maize lines in China by an international team including scientists from China Agricultural University, BGI, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and University of Copenhagen

International Ancient Genomic Research Symposium, co-organized by BGI-Shenzhen and University of Copenhagen was held from 26th to 27th Oct, 2010 in Shenzhen, China

On October 28 London Time, Nature published analysis of completed pilot phase of The 1000 Genomes Project

On October 28, 2010, BGI-Shenzhen and its affiliate BGI Hong Kong Co, Limited announced today that it has successfully completed Illumina CSPro™ certification for Sequencing

On October 29, 2010, Life Technologies Corporation and BGI announced today that it has partnered with BGI to offer whole human genome resequencing on the SOLiD™ 4 System

On 4th November, 2010, BGI, the largest genomics organization in the world, and OpGen, the exclusive provider of Optical Mapping Technology, announced their joint-effort to expand the use of Optical Mapping for de novo sequence finishing in human, plant and animal genomes

BGI researchers decoded the essentially complete methylome (an inventory of all the bases that are methylated) of the human genome using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) The results was published in PLoS Biology on November 9

On November 13, the annual meeting of Sino-Danish Cancer Research Center was held in BGI-Shenzhen and 16 scientists from University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and University of Southern Denmark attended

A research team composed of scientists from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, BGI-Shenzhen, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and University of Copenhagen, reported a large-scale analysis of the patterns of genome-wide genetic variation in soybeans The results were published online in Nature Genetics on 14th November 2010

On November 15, 2010, the Signing Ceremony of Thalassemia Salvation Project between BGI and Red Cross of Shenzhen Branch, and the press release of BGI and ZhangJiaKou Academy of Agricultural Sciences signing strategic cooperation framework agreement of Foxtail Millet were held in Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center

The 5th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-V), co-organized by Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI-Shenzhen), University of Delaware, University of California San Diego, Boyce Thompson Institute of Plant Research, Cornell University, Institute of Oceanography and Chinese Academy of Sciences, was held from 16th to 18th Nov, 2010 in Shenzhen, PR China

On November 18,2010, the press conference of introducing (Giga) n Science was held at the end of the 5th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-V)

On November 23, 2010, the journal article of “TGM6 identified as a novel causative gene of spinocerebellar ataxias using exome sequencing” was published in the online journal of neurology and this correspondence to BGI, Central South University and other institutions

On November 29, 2010, the first litter of “man-made cloned pigs which produce omega-3 fatty acids” were born and this project was carried out by BGI and the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS

On November 30, 2010, BGI and The Genome 10K Consortium of Scientists (G10KCOS) together announced to start the first phase of the Genome 10K Project

On December 3, 2010, the “2010 Medical Science Frontier Forum – The Development Direction and the Current Research of Human Genome and the Growth - Immune – Cancer Seminar” was held in Shenzhen, and this was co-organized by BGI and the Institute of Medical Information, CAS

On December 17, 2010, Science published ten science breakthroughs of 2010, including Quantum Machine, Build Your Own Genome, Reading the Neandertal Genome, Next-Generation Genomics, Souped-up cellular Reprogramming, Homing In on Errant Genes, Quantum Simulators Pass First Key Test, Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Rats Redux and HIV Prophylaxis In the “Next-Generation Genomics”, “Ancient human genome sequence of an extinct Palaeo-Eskimo” and “A map of human genome variation from population-scale sequencing”, which were BGI’s two cooperative research findings, were cited as references

On December 17, 2010, “The Year In News” which was published in Science had reviewed 37 items of developments that tested the limits of knowledge and influenced thinking about the global research enterprise BGI-Shenzhen was chosen as one of the news: “Ongoing: BGI-Shenzhen enhances its reputation as world’s largest sequencing center, deciphering an ant, a paleo-Eskimo, the human methylome, and a gene catalog of the human gut microbiome”

On December 17, 2010, Science published ten “Insights of the Decade”, and those which were under the biological science field include The Dark Genome, Ancient DNA, Reprogramming Cells, The Microbiome and inflammation“The Dark Genome” has pointed out that BGI’s participation has significant importance in the completion of the “International Human Genome Project” In addition, “The Microbiome” had emphasized BGI’s contribution as the primary publisher of the journal article “A human gut microbial gene catalogue established by metagenomic sequencing” and its significance in pioneering research

On December 17, 2010, the Signing Ceremony of the Asparagus Genome International Coperation Project between BGI and Jiangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences was held in Nanchang, China.

On January 18, 2009, the publication of research achievement of the first Asian genome map ranked 4th among “2008 China Top 10 Science & Technology News”, which was co-organized by Academician Bureau of CAS, Academician Bureau of CAE, and Science Daily.

On February 17, 2009, the Opening Ceremony for Sino-Danish Cancer Research Center was held in BGI-Shenzhen.

On March 12, 2009, “Genomics Innovation Class” was co-founded by BGI-Shenzhen and South China University of Technology.

On March 20, 2009, the opening ceremony of BGI-Hong Kong was held in Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks.

On March 20, 2009, CUHK-BGI(SZ) was established, while the ceremony was held in CUHK.

On April 24, 2009, the Press Conference regarding Three Extreme-Environment Animals Genome Projects was convened in BGI-Shenzhen.

On April 30, 2009, BIONET the 4th workshop was held in Shenzhen.

On June 26, 2009, the article SNP detection for massively parallel whole-genome resequencing by BGI was selected by Nature China as outstanding scientific achievement from China mainland and Hong Kong.

On July 20, 2009, “Explore the Mystery of Life” Summer Camp sponsored by BGI and Beijing Youth Science and Technology Club Committee, and “Genomics and Bioinformatics Class” were opened in BGI-Shenzhen.

On August 1, 2009, “Ten Thousand Microbial Genomes Project” was officially launched in BGI-Shenzhen.

On August 28, 2009, Science published the article “Complete Resequencing of 40 Genomes Reveals Domestication Events and Genes in Silkworm (Bombyx)”, which is another achievement of collaboration between BGI-Shenzhen and Southwest University in the field of silkworm genome since 2003.

On October 15, 2009, 2009 Genomics Undergraduate Innovative Education Seminar was held in BGI-Shenzhen.

On November 1, 2009, the article regarding the achievement of The International cucumber Genome Project was published online in Nature Genetics.

From 03/11/2009 to 05/11/2009, The 4th International Genomics Conference was convened in Shenzhen.

On December 7, 2009, Nature Biotechnology published the essay with the title of Building the Sequence Map of the Human Pan-Genome accomplished by close collaboration between BGI-Shenzhen and South China University of Technology, Guangzhou.

On December 13, 2009, the sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome accomplished by BGI-Shenzhen was published in Nature.

On December 27, 2009, BGI and Qinghai University have completed sequencing the genome of Tibetan antelopes, which will hopefully explain the pathogenesis of chronic plateau sickness.

On December 28, 2009, the news that Building the Sequence Map of the Human Pan-Genome published in Nature Biotechnology ranks tenth of Chinese Top 10 Scientific and Technological News It is the sixth time that the scientific research of BGI is acknowledged by Science Daily, one of the most prestigious scientific magazines in China.

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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”.

In April 2007, BGI-Shenzhen was officially registered in Shenzhen.

On October 11, 2007, BGI-Shenzhen accomplished “The First Asian Genome Map”, and convened a press conference.

On October 30, 2007, “2007 International Genomics Conference” that would last four days was inaugurated in the Sheraton Hotel in Dameisha Shenzhen.

In December 2007, Science reported the achievement of “The First Asian Genome Map” by BGI-Shenzhen, which was considered as an important contribution to the research field of individual diversity in human genome, that ranked 1st in the top 10 list of global science progress in 2007.

The achievement of “The First Asian Genome Map” was selected as “2007 China Top Ten Science & Technology News” by Science & Technology Daily.

On December 27, 2007, Huanming Yang was elected as Academician of CAS

On October 18, 2006, Nobel Prize winner James Watson, who is one of the discoverers of the double helix structure of DNA, visited BGI.

On October 23, 2006, “2006 International Genomics Conference” that would last three days was inaugurated beside the West Lake in Hangzhou.

On February 1, 2005, the article regarding the “fine map” achievement of Rice Genome Project was published on PLoS Biology (Vol3 Issue2, 2005).

On July 1, 2005, on behalf of Chinese government, Chinese Premier Jiabao Wen and CAS President Yongxiang Lu handed over the DNA testing results of the tsunami victims, which was completed by BGI, to Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

On October 27, 2005, the achievement of the International HapMap Project, which ranked 1st in the top 10 list of global science progress in 2005 (evaluated by Science), was published on the cover page of Natural.

On January 12, 2004, according to the voting of Chinese academician from CAS and CAE, the key scientific and technological project of SARS ranked third in the 2003 Chinese National Top 10 Scientific and Technological Advances and World Top 10 Scientific and Technological Advances.

On March 1, 2004, the working frame map of Chick was completed.

On September 28, 2004, in the Special Report released by Science and Technology Daily, there were 55 Firsts on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of Chinese Science and Technology, including the first working frame map of human genome in the International Human Genome Project, the first detailed map of rice genome and the first working frame map of domestic silkworm.

On November 9, 2004, CAS held the press conference on ‘The International Chick Genome Project’, the academic paper of which was published on Nature.

On November 30, 2004, Center of Forensic Sciences, BGI sent a rescue team to identify the DNA of casualty in the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

In the year of 2004, the academic papers of the chick and domestic silkworm genome projects were published on Science and Nature.

On April 14, 2003, Presidents of six countries jointly announced the success of Human Genome Sequencing.

In April, 2003, BGI spontaneously started the anti-SARS research by carrying out a series of systematic research on whole genome shotgun sequencing, protein analysis, diagnostic reagent kit, drug screening.

In the year of 2003, BGI was the first institute that decoded the whole genome sequence of four kinds of SARS viruses, and developed the diagnostic antigen, antibody and related tags At the same time, ELISA Kit, the first diagnostic reagent of SARS in the world, was produced by BGI.

On April 20, 2003, Chairman of PRC, Mr Hu Jintao, accompanied by President of CAS, Mr Lu Yongxiang and Vice-President Mr Chen Zhu, visited BGI and paid their high tributes to all the scientists and researchers who had devoted greatly in the fight against SARS Mr Hu Jintao encouraged the scientists and researchers to continue their concerted and unyielding efforts with confidence, carry forward patriotic spirits in the scientific researches in order to serve the people better by protecting them from diseases and harm He spoke highly of the scientists who were always bearing the urgent need of the center government and people in mind.

On June 1, 2003, BGI collaborated with Southwest University in the project of national domestic silkworm genome project The working frame map of domestic silkworm genome was completed on September 18, 2003.

On November 28, 2003, BGI, CAS was approved by the Central Government.

On January 23, 2002, the Chinese part of the working frame map of human genome and rice genome ranked the second and third place in the 2001 Top 10 National Scientific and Technological Advances.

In March, 2002, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved the BGI Bio-information System National Engineering Research Center.

On April 5, 2002, Science published BGI’s academic paper of the working frame map of rice genome on the cover page.

In the year of 2002, International HapMap Project was launched by American, Chinese, Canadian, Japanese, British, and Nigerian scientists BGI, as the leader of this project, assumed 10% of the workload.

On Novermber 11, 2002, Mr Yang Huanming was awarded the ‘2002 Global Scientific and Technological Leader’ by Scientific American.

In the year of 2002, the rice genome sequencing was regarded by Science as the third in 2002 Global Top 10 Accomplishments The detailed map of rice genome ranked No 1 of Chinese Top 10 Scientific and Technological Advances.

In June, 2002, BGI published an academic paper of monocotyledon and dicotyledon genome.

On January 21, 2001, BGI Hangzhou was founded in the lakeside of West Lake in Hangzhou.

On February 15, 2001, the important fruit of the Human Genome Project, the academic paper of ‘Initial Sequencing and Analysis of the Human Genome’ was published on the cover page of Nature.

On August 26, 2001, Chinese part of the comprehensive map of the human genome in the International Human Genome Project was completed two years before scheduled and accepted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, Chinese Academy of Sciences and National Natural Science Foundation of China.

On August 28, 2001, the former Chairman of PRC, Mr Jiang Zemin met with Mr Yang Huanming and Mr Wang Jian from BGI and other representatives from five countries when they attended the International Human Genome Conference in China.

On October 12, 2001, Chinese Academy of Sciences, SDPC,, Ministry of Science and Technology jointly proclaimed China had accomplished the first working frame map and database of the rice genome.

On April 26, 2000, BGI signed a cooperative agreement of ‘Chinese Hybrid Rice Large-scale Random Sequencing and Application’ with Mr Yuan Rongping, Mr Zhu Lihuang from Institute of Genetics, CAS.

On June 26, 2000, 16 centers of the International Human Genome Project jointly announced the first working frame map of the human genome had been finished.

On June 28, 2000, the former Chairman of PRC, China, Mr Jiang Zemin highly praised the first working frame map of the human genome and expressed his sincere thanks to the scientists and technicians He pointed out that Human Genome Project is a magnificent scientific project in the history of sciences.

In the year of 2000, the first working frame map of the human genome was regarded as Number One in the World Top 10 Scientific and Technological Advances and Number Four in the China Top 10 Scientific and Technological Advances.

From October 18 to October 20, 2000, Danish scientists came to China and held formal meetings on the Project of Domestic Pig Genome in BGI.

On July 14, 1999, BGI was founded with the mission of 1% of the human genome for the International Human Genome Project.

On June 6, 1999, the International Human Genome Organization announced the registration of China’s entry into International Human Genome Project, which marked China was the sixth member country of the International Human Genome Organization after America, UK, Japan, Germany, and France BGI, aligning with Chinese National Human Genome Center at Shanghai and Chinese National Human Genome Center, Beijing jointly completed the mission of 1% of the human genome for the International Human Genome Project.

At 9:9:9 on September 9, 1999, the inaugural meeting of BGI was held on the third floor of the sixth Building, B Block in Beijing Airport Industrial Zone September 9 was authorized as the Anniversary Celebration Day of BGI.

On August 12, 1998, Human Genome Center was founded in Beijing.

In November, 1997, the founder members of BGI deliberated on the International Human Genome Project in the ‘Zhang Jia Jie’ Conference, Hunan Province, and raised the forward-looking strategic vision, which gave birth to BGI.