Genomics often promises us two things – insight into diseases and improvements to agriculture. So the headline "scientists map DNA sequence for bovine animals" caught my eye.
I wonder why the ABC even bothered to post this story. It consists of 5 sentences, with no links to additional information. It claims that a 5-year project is now “finished”. It’s unclear whether we are talking about genetic mapping or genome sequencing – a common source of confusion in this type of article.
Some Googling lead me to this press release from the Baylor College of Medicine. I’m fairly sure that this was the source for the story. What we’re actually talking about is the bovine genome sequencing project. Far from being “finished”, the project has released a new dataset which includes a genetic map, SNP data and the latest sequence assembly. Your starting point is of course at the NCBI. Links from there will lead you to mammalian genome projects. The bovine genome consortium includes contributions from the Genome Sciences Center, Vancouver and CSIRO, Australia.
I find increasingly that piecing together stories via Google News is the best way to get all the information. Individual news sites, excepting the BBC of course, are frequently quite pitiful.