We are happy to announce that this week, on the 4th of June, we have launched the Australian DNA Zoo initiative!
Thank you so much to the members of the research and conservation community who made it to the first roadmap event in Australia. Huge shout out to folks from University of Western Australia, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australian Museum, Australian Museum, University of Melbourne, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Monash University, University of Sydney, Auckland University of Technology, University of Pretoria, Nelson Artificial Intelligence Institute, members of the zoo community, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and industry partners from Illumina, Millennium Science and Microsoft who made it to the meeting! Thank you to the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Forrest Research Foundation for hosting!
We hope that our effort, based in the University of Western Australia, Perth, will help build genomic resources for the unique Australian biota, with 87% of mammals endemic to the continent!