Launching the Firefly Genome!

Thrilled to announce that the Firefly Genome Project will soon start deciphering the genetic blueprint of the U.S. Big Dipper firefly, Photinus pyralis!

More than 80 people from many different countries helped us crowdfund this path-breaking scientific initiative by contributing & by spreading the word – thanks to all!

And another great thing is that we’ll be providing open access to the DNA sequence data, which we hope will inspire lots more exciting firefly science in the future.

You can learn more about the goals & progress of this collaborative project at