The GEBA project is aimed at systematically filling in the gaps in sequencing along the bacterial and archaeal branches of the tree of life. Though the wide variety of microbial sequencing projects undertaken throughout the world has created a rich, diverse collection of microbial genomes, strong biases in what has been sequenced thus far are evident. This project represents the first systematic attempt to use the tree of life itself as a guide to sequencing target selection. It is an ongoing collaboration between the DOE-JGI (led by Jonathan Eisen) and the DSMZ.
For more on GEBA see:
- Why GEBA?
- The GEBA Pilot Project
- Interpret a Genome for Education
- 1st major GEBA paper in Nature: A phylogeny-driven genomic encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea
- Story Behind the Nature Paper
- Some old GEBA project notes
Paper also available via Slideshare