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    Scientists Launch Effort to Map DNA of Every Species

    Starting with 66,000 species in the U.K., the Earth BioGenome Project officially began its quest yesterday to sequence the DNA of all eukaryotic life-forms — complex, non-bacterial organisms — including more than 1.5 million plants, animals and fungi. Only 3,500 have had their genomes sequenced so far. The project, which involves collaborations with dozens of research institutions around the world, will span about 10 years and cost $4.7 billion. One British researcher said the effort “will reveal aspects of evolution we’ve not even dreamt of.”

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