Biodiv Sci ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (12): 1379-1385.DOI: 10.17520/biods.2019242

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Application of digital sequence information in biodiversity research and its potential impact on benefit sharing

Baoping Li,Dayuan Xue()   

  1. College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081
  • Received:2019-08-01 Accepted:2019-11-08 Online:2019-12-20 Published:2020-02-22
  • Contact: Xue Dayuan

Abstract:

Digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources is a product of unprecedented improvements in genetic sequencing technology in recent years. The application of genetic DSI can help to explain the molecular basis and evolutionary theory of life and provide new technical methods for the conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity. With the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, the Conference of the Parties (COP) has gradually deepened their understanding of benefit-sharing and adopted effective legislative and administrative measures to control their biological genetic resources. As a special kind of “non-physical” information resource, the application of genetic digital sequence information will bring challenges to access systems and benefit sharing. In recent years, genetic digital sequence information has become the focus of negotiations for CBD. China, as a large country with rich biodiversity, a contracting party of Nagoya Protocol, and also one of the countries with rapid development in biotechnology in recent years, should strive to participate in relevant research on this topic and actively respond to the challenges arising therewithin.

Key words: digital sequence information on genetic resources, biodiversity, Nagoya Protocol, benefit sharing