Imagine the information that could emerge from the sequencing of an entire nation. The Faroe Islands (located approx. halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the North Atlantic Ocean) have begun sequencing and analyzing the genomes of the nation's approx. 50,000 citizens. The first 100 citizens will likely be chosen at random this year, followed by the next stage of 1000 people. The goal is then to have sequenced the entire population within the next 5 years.
This project (FarGen) is a collaboration between the Faroese government, the European Bioinformatics Institute, the University of Oxford, Baylor University, Texas and Illumina (an American genomics-sequencing company).
For more information visit: http://www.biotechniques.com/news/Nation-Sequencing/biotechniques-322380.html
For more information on DNA seqencing (possibly on a slightly smaller scale), take a look at our Application Note 187: Application of the Amplifluor® SNPs Genotyping System using a FLUOstar OPTIMA microplate reader