In the November/December issue of the Journal of Heredity, the first article is the proposal for "Genome 10K" (G10K), a project that aims to sequence the complete genomes of 10,000 vertebrates, a number roughly equivalent to one representative species for every vertebrate genus. The authors (a large community of scientists headed by David Haussler, Steve O'Brien, and Ollie Ryder) contend that it is indeed a feasible project if the cost of DNA sequencing can be reduced by just one additional order of magnitude, over the reduction by 4 orders of magnitude we have seen in recent times. The diversity of vertebrate body forms, life histories, and biochemistries, to name a few things, are hoped to be dissected through these genomes and benefits to conservation, a better understanding of the roles and histories of non-coding DNA, and insights into adaptive radiations in several key vertebrate groups are all obvious incentives. Although it was a bit strange to read what is essentially a grant proposal in a scientific journal, I still found it to be a nice description of the diversity of the major vertebrate groups - complete with pretty phylogenies for each class/major group. More info can be found on the Genome 10K website.
Dechronization is authored by evolutionary biologists interested in the development and application of methods for estimating phylogeny and making phylogeny-based inferences. The goal of the blog is to provide a forum for discussion of the latest research and methods, while also providing anecdotes, tidbits of natural history, and other related information.