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New Technology to Access Microbial Dark Matter

Stanford researchers extracted 29 novel microbial genomes from Yellowstone hot spring samples while preserving single-cell resolution to allow the accurate analysis of genome function and abundance. The work was enabled by the Joint Genome Institute’s Emerging Technology Opportunity Program. More>

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Anya Nugent and Sai Prabhakar, Summer Interns in the News

Two recent stories highlighted Lab interns in the Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research (BLUR) program: Nugent’s internship in the Physics Division was featured in Hamilton College news, and Sai Prabhakar’s work with the Joint Genome Institute was highlighted in The Independent. For more information about BLUR, go here.

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DOE User Facilities Join Forces to Tackle Biology’s Big Data

Six proposals have been selected to participate in a new partnership between two DOE user facilities through the FICUS initiative. The expertise and capabilities available at JGI and NERSC will help researchers explore the wealth of genomic and metagenomic data generated worldwide through access to supercomputing resources and computational science experts to accelerate discoveries. More>

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JGI Team Helps Find How Red Alga Thrives in Intertidal Zone

As part of a 50-member team led by University of Maine, Carnegie Institution for Science, and East Carolina University researchers, the JGI sequenced, assembled and annotated the genome of the red alga Porphyra umbilicalis. The algal genome offered insights into its stress-tolerance mechanisms and how that impacts its ability to fix carbon. More>

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CERT Training Sessions Scheduled for JGI

Emergency Management is offering Community Emergency Response Team training at the Joint Genome Institute (Walnut Creek). Participants will learn about emergency preparedness, small fire suppression, search and rescue, and medical triage and treatment. Class begins August 15. More>

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Uncovered: 1000 New Microbial Genomes

The number of microbes in a handful of soil exceeds the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, but researchers know less about what’s on Earth because they only recently had the tools to deeply explore what is just underfoot. Now Joint Genome Institute scientists have taken a decisive step forward in uncovering the planet’s microbial diversity. More>

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Apply to Attend September Anvi’o Workshop at JGI

The Joint Genome Institute is co-hosting a two-day Anvi’o training session in Walnut Creek on September 25 and 26 led by University of Chicago’s A. Murat Eren. The training will focus on visualizing complex data (genomes, metagenomes, metatranscriptomes, and pangenomes) using Anvi’o. Space is limited; apply here by August 1 to attend. Direct questions to Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh. Learn more here.

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JGI, JBEI Help Develop Rice Mutant Database for Grasses

Working with UC Davis researchers, the Joint Genome Institute re-sequenced 1,504 rice mutants, allowing Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers to assemble KitBase, the first major large-scale collection of mutations for grass models. This invaluable resource for grass models is being used to improve candidate bioenergy feedstock crops such as switchgrass. More>

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Whole-Genome Sequence of Mutant Rice Could Aid Study of Biofuel Feedstocks

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, are reporting the first whole-genome sequence of a mutant population of Kitaake, a model variety of rice. Their high-density, high-resolution catalog of mutations facilitates the discovery of novel genes and functional elements that control diverse biological pathways. More>

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Poster Abstract Deadline Approaching for JGI July Secondary Metabolite Meeting

Poster abstract submissions for the JGI’s Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolite Meeting are due June 30. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with a code to plug into the form in order to submit an abstract. Keynote speakers are Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Director Jo Handelsman and Oak Ridge National Lab Corporate Fellow Jerry Tuskan. More>

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