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In early 2002, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) agreed to support a chimpanzee genome sequencing project initially aimed at producing 6- to 8-fold, whole genome shotgun sequence coverage of the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) genome. A short time later, in late 2003, a decision was made to support a proposal to complete a high-quality (6- to 8-fold coverage) genome assembly. Paired end reads from plasmids, fosmids, and BACs will be assembled and the assembly will be analyzed before a decision is made to continue sequencing to a greater depth of coverage.

The chimpanzee genome sequencing project is led by the Broad Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research and the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center.

Genome Sequencing Whitepaper Proposal:
Project Link:
Supporting Institutions:

Additional Resources

Sequence and Assembly
  • dbEST [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]- Database of ESTs at NCBI
  • dbSNP [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]- Database of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms at NCBI
BAC Libraries

Last updated: June 04, 2012