Genome in a Bottle Consortium

The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is a public-private-academic consortium hosted by NIST to develop the technical infrastructure (reference standards, reference methods, and reference data) to enable translation of whole human genome sequencing to clinical practice. The consortium was initiated in a set of meetings in 2011 and 2012, and the consortium now holds biannual public workshops in January at Stanford University and in August at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD.  The next workshop is planned for September 15-16, 2016 on the NIST Gaithersburg, MD campus. Registration information will be sent to the google group in the future.

Below you will find the most recent blog posts, and in the bar to the left you can find links to the Reference Materials and Data we are producing, as well as a link to sign up for our email list on Google Groups.

We also have a new GitHub site with information about GIAB data, genomes, papers, and FAQ at


Post date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 09:52

Thank you to all of you who participated in our January 2016 GIAB workshop.  We have written a summary of the workshop, including links to slides, which is available as a google doc: 

Post date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 14:17
The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is holding its 7th open, public workshop at the Li Ka Sheng Center on the Stanford University campus January 28-29, 2016. GIAB is developing reference materials, reference data, and methods to use the materials and data to assess performance of human genome sequencing.
Post date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 06:37

Our manuscript describing GIAB data from the GIAB PGP trios and NA12878 is now available as a preprint at  Thank you to all of you who contributed to these data!  The manuscript is submitted to Nature Scientific Data as well.  Note that this is a "Data Descriptor" that describes the data and QC analyses, but not the downstream analyses we are currently doing to generate candidate variant calls and form high-confidence calls.

Post date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 13:41

We are thrilled to announce that the pilot GIAB/NIST Reference Material 8398, Human DNA for Whole-Genome Variant Assessment (Daughter of Utah/European Ancestry) is released! This is genomic DNA from a large batch of the same cell line as NA12878.  It is available for sale from the NIST Standard Reference Material website at

Post date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:44
At the steering committee meeting, we decided that it would be useful for others in addition to Marc and me to present about GIAB at conferences since we cannot go to every conference.  To facilitate this, we are making a general abstract and slide deck available for anyone to use, as well as a schedule of upcoming conferences to which anyone can add.  If you're interested in submitting an abstract and/or presenting about GIAB at a conference, you can add it to the spreadsheet schedule of conferences and send me an email.


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