Thankfully Sanger Institute will be conducting and paying for the sequencing! The full sequences of the 25 species will be made publically available. The amazing project will help many scientists around the world conduct better research and answer more questions. Very exciting! We hope the abyssal grenadier will be first deep sea genome ever sequenced!!
Full genome sequencing of the abyssal grenadier would allow for exploration into the genes responsible for survival in the extreme environment of the deep sea as well as providing a better understanding of species distribution and how these species cope with environmental stress and anthropogenic changes. A greater understanding of the ecology and evolution of deep-sea species not only expands our scientific knowledge but it also develops a much-needed stewardship of our oceans!
It will cost more to sequence a bigger genome with more base pairs. It might not always be about the number of chromosomes. Some species have a large genome divided into a small number of chromosomes, whereas others have small genome with not many chromosomes. it’s all about the total number of A, C G and T.