Biotech Updates

Research Team Announces Complete Genome Sequencing of Water Buffalo

January 29, 2014

A group from Bangladesh and China announced that they have completed the genome sequencing of water buffalo and the bioinformatics analysis. The work lays an important foundation for molecular breeding of water buffalo, and sheds new light on the understanding of its origin and domestication process.

The joint efforts of Lal Teer Livestock Limited and BGI yielded a high-quality water buffalo genome with the size of about 2.77Gb, slightly smaller than human genome. The research team found 21,550 protein coding genes and compared the buffalo genome with that of other mammals to discover more genetic characteristics and provide guidance for its breeding and industrial transformation.

For more information about this research, read the BGI news release at