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  • EARTH'S BIODIVERSITY

    With so many organisms in danger of extinction, preserving their genetic blueprints is more important than ever.

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  • DECODING THE TREE OF LIFE

    The Tree of Life represents the genetic connections between all living things and their shared evolutionary history.

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    Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution

  • A WORLD OF GENOMES

    Having a more complete genomic picture of the living things around us helps us to better comprehend how we fit into this world.

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  • GLOBAL GENOME INITIATIVE

    DNA sequencing is helping scientists break the codes of entire ecosystems.

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    Moorea Biocode Project, Arthur Anker

The Natural World

Scientists who compare genomes from different organisms find that many of the same DNA sequences are also found in human cells. Studying how genomes are alike – or different – teaches us more about the diversity of life on Earth, how life evolved, even the genomic links to human disease. DNA sequencing is also used to assess our planet’s health and to break genomic codes of entire ecosystems. Explore Earth’s diversity of life and its importance to you and your future.