About Bat1K

Bat1K is an initiative to sequence the genomes of all living bat species, approximately 1300 species in total. The main goal of this consortium is to uncover the genes and genetic mechanisms behind the unusual adaptations of bats, essentially mine the bat genome to uncover their secrets. Using the newest of our genetic tools, we will deep sequence the blue print and genetic code of every species of bat in the world. It took over 13 years and $3 billion US dollars to sequence the first human genome, and given the great advances in the field it is now much faster and cheaper. We must put these fantastic technological advances to good use and push them to achieve their full potential. Imagine uncovering the secret of longer health-spans, flight, echolocation and disease resistance hidden in the bat genome.

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Bat Facts!

A short animation on just how extraordinary bats are, and how important they are in the optimal functioning of our world.

TRULY FLY BATS ARE THE ONLY MAMMALS THAT CAN COMPLETE DARKNESS BATS USE SOUND TO ORIENT IN POLLINATE CROPS BATS FEED ON TONS OF INSECTS A YEAR AND DISTRIBUTE SEEDS BATS LIVE FOR AN EXCEPTIONALLY LONG TIME THE OLDEST RECORDED WILD BAT BEING >41 YEARS OLD (Myotis brandtii) Photo by: Manuel Ruedi BUMBLEBEE BAT The worlds smallest mammal is the WEIGHING IN AT ONLY 2g Photo by: Pipat Soisook ENDANGERED 77 SPECIES OF BATS ARE LISTED AS 169 SPECIES ARE CONSIDERED VULNERABLE "GENOMIC ARK" BY SEQUENCING ALL 1300 BAT SPECIES... WE ARE CREATING A PRESERVING THE GENETIC CODE OF ALL ENDANGERED BAT SPECIES AND HELPING TO INFORM CONSERVATION PROGRAMS OF THE FUTURE Photo by: Hernani Oliveira

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