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Take Part in the Annual JGI Halloween Runaround on Oct. 31

JGI marks National Ergonomics Month with weekly events, ending with the annual JGI Halloween Runaround, a three-kilometer walk/run event on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants are asked to come in costume. Go here for more information about these events. Contact Christine Naca to register for the Runaround.

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With JGI Help, Liverwort Genome Offers Insights into Land Plant Evolution

An international team including Joint Genome Institute researchers analyzed the genome sequence of the common liverwort to identify genes and gene families deemed crucial to plant evolution and have been conserved across plant lineages. “Early plants like the liverwort are what set the world up for land plants,” said JGI’s Jeremy Schmutz. More>

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JGI’s Technique Accelerates Associating Microbial Genes, Behaviors

Joint Genome Institute and University of North Carolina researchers generated a genome-wide map of bacterial genes that affect the efficacy of microbial colonization. By identifying the genes that can alter how well microbes can colonize a plant, researchers can develop targeted approaches to improve plant health and development. More>

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JGI Helps Benchmark Computational Methods for Metagenomes

JGI researchers were part of a team that described the results of the Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation (CAMI) Challenge, the first-ever community-organized benchmarking assessment of computational tools for metagenomes. JGI’s Tanja Woyke, the study’s co-author, noted JGI’s interest in both benchmarking protocols as well as computational workflows. More>

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Latest Issue of the JGI Primer Now Available

The Summer 2017 edition of the JGI Primer recaps the single largest release of phylogenetically diverse microbial genomes along with proposed standards for single amplified genomes and metagenome-assembled genomes, lessons from early diverging fungal lineages, and more. Back issues are also available here.

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JGI Announces 2018 Community Science Program Portfolio

Among the 30 proposals selected for the Joint Genome Institute’s 2018 Community Science Program is one by Neslihan Taş Baas, an Earth and Environmental Sciences researcher and DOE Early Career Research Program awardee, who aims to explore microbial functions over time in watershed ecosystems. Check out the full list of accepted proposals here.

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JGI Develops Minimum Metadata Standards for Uncultivated Microbial Genomes

An international team led by Joint Genome Institute researchers has developed standards for the minimum metadata to be supplied with single amplified genomes and metagenome-assembled genomes submitted to public databases. “Robust comparative genomics relies on extensive and correct metadata,” said JGI’s Tanja Woyke. More>

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Postdoc Appreciation Week: 10 Things to Know About Joelle Schlapfer

A researcher with the Joint Genome Institute, Schlapfer was a former custodian at a hospital, thought about becoming an artist instead of a scientist, and is humbled by the oldest non-clonal beings on earth, which live right here in California. Go here to learn more about Joelle Schlapfer. Read about postdoc Ben Nachman in tomorrow’s edition of TABL.

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National Microbiome Data Collective Online Community

Interested in developing a National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC) to efficiently manage the globally accumulating microbiome datasets? If so, you are invited to join a newly launched NMDC community page through Trellis, a communications platform from AAAS. More>

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Nikos Kyrpides Named 2018 ASM USFCC/J. Roger Porter Awardee

This award recognizes outstanding efforts by a scientist who has demonstrated the importance of microbial biodiversity through sustained curatorial or stewardship activities for a major resource by the scientific community. Kyrpides, with the Joint Genome Institute, will be honored at the 2018 ASM Microbe Meeting. More>

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