Monday I gave a talk for the SMBE Eukaryotic Omics satellite meeting that has been going on at UC Davis. When Holly Bik, a post doc in my lab asked me to talk at the meeting, I said, basically “Well, OK, but I don’t really do much work on eukaryotes.” And then I came up with an idea – I could make my talk about how it might be good to have a better phylogenetic sampling of eukaryotic genome sequences. I have been a bit obsessed for many many years about phylogenetic sampling of genomes and, well, though I have avoided eukaryotes mostly in most of my genome sequencing work, I figured, I should still get on my soap box about how phylogenetic sampling is a good thing. So, well, I did. And I think we (i.e., the scientific community) really needs a better sampling of eukaryotic genomes.
I have posted my talk to Slideshare and I recorded audio of my talk in synch with the slides and posted that to Youtube. These are below.
I hereby am calling for those people interested in participating in such a phylogeny driven genomic encyclopedia of eukaryotes to make yourselves known. We NEED to do this.