Current List of Organisms With Completed DNA Sequencing?

The human genome has been sequenced. I believe they also have complete sequences of the fruit fly and e coli. Just yesterday I read that they completed the sequencing on the plague bacterium.

Can someone point me to a list of the organisms which have been sequenced to date? I tried to search, but it is difficult because there are so many sites addressing the human genome project.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is the place to go for all things sequential. There are complete genomes for 908 species on record. The breakdown:

[li] Viruses 557[/li][li] Eukaryota 172[/li][li] Bacteria 112[/li][li] Archea 13[/li][li] Viroids 20[/li][li] Plasmids 34[/li][/ul]

Hey Terminus–if you’re still around, could you help me understand what they’re saying in the linked site? It says “over 800” organisms “can be found.” “These represent both completely sequenced organisms and those for which sequencing is in progress.” If I click on eukaryotae, I see lots of neat higher animials, like hippos, rhinos, chimps, cats, iguanas and alpacas listed. I’m going to guess, though, that not all of these have been completely sequenced. I can’t figure out how to tell which are complete/incomplete from that site.

It’s kinda important that I find out soon–I need to decide whether I should bioengineer an army of mutant alpacas, or stick to the giant iguana game plan. Decisions, decisions.

Hmmm, I didn’t catch that part. No wonder the number seemed a little high. I just thought they were including a lot of viruses and whatnot.

According to this page there are 63 complete genomes available, which strikes me as a more reasonable number. The only higher organisms (i.e., eukaryotes) for which complete genomes are available are:

[li] Arabidopsis thaliana (plant)[/li][li] Caenorhabditis elegans (worm)[/li][li] Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly)[/li][li] Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast)[/li][/ul]

There are also complete genomes for 47 bacteria and 11 Archaea. OpalCat still hasn’t made the list. The big hulaballoo they made two years ago about the human genome being completed was actually an announcement that the first draft was ready and that Celera and the Human Genome Project would play nice and share information. They’re still working on getting the finishing touches on the complete sequence.

You can also try poking around - the website for the Institiute for Genomic Research. They have several complete sequences available for you to poke through. I’m too lazy to try to find an answer for you, though.