The National Human Genome Research Institute has selected the next group of organisms most likely to have their genomes sequenced as the efforts with humans, mice and rats approach completion. The organisms designated as priorities are chickens, chimpanzees, several species of fungi, a sea urchin, a microscopic animal commonly used in laboratory studies called Tetrahymena thermophila, and honeybees.
The institute designated two other organisms, the rhesus macaque and a protozoan, as having a lower priority for sequencing.
The decision does not begin large-scale sequencing on any of these organisms. Rather, it creates a pool of candidate organisms that institute-supported sequencing centers can choose from as capacity becomes available.