Zebrafish Genome Project


The Sanger Institute started the zebrafish genome sequencing project in 2001 and has generated several genome assemblies of the Tuebingen strain. After the release of Zv9, the zebrafish genome project joined the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) for further improvement and ongoing maintenance. The GRC has now released a new reference assembly, GRCz10. After the release of the next assembly GRCz11, planned for 2017, our GRC partners at ZFIN have agreed to take over the responsibility for further updates and maintenance. 

Email us at zfish-help@sanger.ac.uk with your comments and enquiries, your input is welcome!



  • The zebrafish reference genome sequence and its relationship to the human genome.

    Howe K, Clark MD, Torroja CF, Torrance J, Berthelot C et al.

    Nature 2013;496;7446;498-503

Data Use

This sequencing centre plans on publishing the completed and annotated sequences in a peer-reviewed journal as soon as possible. Permission of the principal investigator should be obtained before publishing analyses of the sequence/open reading frames/genes on a chromosome or genome scale. See our data sharing policy.

Ordering clones

Clones that have been generated for the genome project can be ordered as specified below:

library external prefix internal Prefix Order Contact
CHORI-211 CH211 zC bacpacorders@chori.org
DanioKey DKEY zK sales@imagenes-bio.de
DanioKey Pilot DKEYP zKp sales@imagenes-bio.de
CHORI-73 CH73 zH bacpacorders@chori.org
RPCI-71 RP71 bZ bacpacorders@chori.org
BUSM1 (PAC) BUSM1 dZ camemiya@benaroyaresearch.org
ZfishFos ZFOS zF This library is unfortunately not available anymore, please contact zfish-help@sanger.ac.uk for alternatives
CHORI-1073 (FOS) CH1073 zFD bacpacorders@chori.or









Data Release Policy

The Zebrafish Genomes Project releases sequence data and variant calls as a service to the research community. These data are released in accordance with the Fort Lauderdale agreement and Toronto agreements. As producers of these data we reserve the right to be the first to publish a genome-wide analysis of the data we have generated. The pre-publication data that we release via this website is embargoed for publication except for analyses of single chromosomes in single strains or single gene loci across multiple strains. We strongly encourage researchers to contact us if there are any queries about referencing or publishing analysis based on pre-publication data obtained via this website. More information on the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's data sharing policy.

If you have a query about using the project data in your studies or publications, we are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted at zfish-help@sanger.ac.uk