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.