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Latest Issue of JGI Primer Now Available

The Winter/Spring 2015 issue of the JGI Primer includes stories about “Fungal Friends with Genomic Benefits” and “Assembling the Wheat Genome.” Download a copy here or request a print copy from tcbartolome@lbl.gov.

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April 16 Deadline for JGI Community Science Program Letters of Intent

Letters of Intent for JGI’s Community Science Program (CSP) are due Thursday, April 16. LOIs must be for large-scale sequence-based genomic science projects addressing DOE missions in sustainable biofuel production, global carbon cycling, and biogeochemistry. More>

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Potential New Bacterial Phylum Identified

At the Joint Genome Institute user meeting last week, researchers announced the genomic identification of a potential new bacterial phylum, Candidatus Kryptonia, based on their study of samples isolated from four hot springs located in North America and Asia. More>

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Lab Team Attends National Society of Black Engineers Convention

Workforce Development & Education, Human Resources, and the Joint Genome Institute recently attended the National Society of Black Engineers. The team discussed internship opportunities, careers, groundbreaking research at Berkeley Lab, and what it’s like to work at a DOE national laboratory. More>

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Revealing the Role of Microbes in Controlling Contaminants

In Rifle, Colorado, earth scientist Kenneth Hurst Williams highlights the role subsurface microbial communities can play in controlling the flow of contaminants in groundwater. The Joint Genome Institute is a key collaborator in the research. More>

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Ray Turner on Discovering Why Diversity Matters

JGI Operations Manager Ray Turner talks about how his view of diversity has shifted, from growing up in a small town in Utah to running operations at the Joint Genome Institute. Read his story in the latest in the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. More>

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JGI 2014 Progress Report Now Available

Highlighting the achievements of the previous year, the Joint Genome Institute 2014 Progress Report has been released and can be downloaded here. Send e-mail to tcbartolome@lbl.gov to request a print copy.

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Representative Mark DeSaulnier Visits the Joint Genome Institute

Last month, DeSaulnier, who represents District 11 (Contra Costa County), and his staffer Pat Joyce met with Science Deputy Jim Bristow and Operations Deputy Ray Turner, and heard a presentation on research that looks at the microbial diversity and carbon cycling in the Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River wetland. More>

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First Detailed Microscopy Evidence of Bacteria at Lower Size Limit of Life

Scientists — including the Lab’s Jill Banfield, Susannah Tringe, Luis Commolli, and Hoi-Ying Holman — have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria, believed to be about as small as life can get. There hasn’t been a comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA-based description of the microbes until now. More>

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Join the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Google+ Hangout on March 4

The hangout will provide more information on the Joint Genome Institute and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory Collaborative Science Initiative. Attendees will hear about the 2016 call, its scientific focus and how to submit a Letter of Intent for these DOE user facilities. More>

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