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JGI Summer Interns Receive Research Awards at CAMP Statewide Symposium

At the recent Statewide Undergraduate Research Symposium for California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) students, JGI’s summer interns Cristhian Gutierrez Huerta, mentored by Genome Analysis Group Lead Zhong Wang, and Bryan Rangel Alvarez, mentored by Microbial Program Head Tanja Woyke, received awards. More>

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JGI Describes First Seagrass Genome for Salt Tolerance Insights

Coastal seagrass ecosystems cover some 200,000 square kilometers and account for 15 percent of carbon fixed in global ocean. A European team including JGI researchers sequenced the seagrass genome eelgrass Zostera marina. The scientists are interested in understanding how these and other plants in the ecosystem adapt to climate change. More>

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JGI Uncovers ‘Kryptonia,’ A Novel Bacterial Phylum

Harnessing the Integrated Microbial Genomes systems data sets, and using metagenomics and single cell genomics strategies, a team led by JGI researchers has uncovered a completely novel bacterial phylum dubbed “Kryptonia.” The work, reported in Nature Communications, is part of the DOE’s efforts to uncover the extent of the planet’s microbial diversity. More>

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Submit Poster Abstracts Early for JGI’s 11th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

There’s still time to submit an abstract to be considered for a short talk at the JGI’s 11th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting, March 22-24, 2016. Go here to check out the newly posted agenda.

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Judges Sought for Pleasant Hill Elementary Science Fair

The event is on Jan. 28 at 5:45 p.m. Scientific background is not necessary…just an interest in seeing some terrific projects that future scientists are busy working on right now. Even an hour of time is welcome. For more information, contact JGI’s Natasha Brown.

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Despite Personal Setbacks, First-in-Family College Grad Comes to the Lab

Joshua Pritchett lost his older brother to a heart abnormality, then his mother to cancer. But that, nor his upbringing in a lower-income area of East Birmingham, AL, kept him from pursuing his dream of a career in computer science. He will start an internship at JGI in January with William Andreopoulos, working with the FALCON Genome Assembler. More>

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Registration open for JGI’s Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

The event takes place March 2016 in Walnut Creek. Past, current and prospective Community Science Program users are welcome to attend, as are researchers and students interested in cutting-edge energy and environmental genomics research. Submit a poster abstract early; several short talks will be selected from abstracts. More>

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Fall 2015 Issue of JGI Primer Now Available

The Fall 2015 issue of the JGI Primer is out and includes stories about stressed algae, phytohormones in root microbiomes, computational tools for microbial genome assembly and analysis, science highlights, and more. Contact Terri Bartolome for print copies.

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JGI Announces 2016 Community Science Program Projects

Twenty-seven new projects were selected for the 2016 Community Science Program. JGI’s Susannah Tringe said the new projects “exploit JGI’s cutting-edge capabilities in nucleic acid sequencing and analysis and build our portfolio in key focus areas including sustainable bioenergy production, plant microbiomes and terrestrial biogeochemistry.” More>

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Berkeley Researchers Lead New Drought Study

UC Berkeley is spearheading a $12.3 million project beginning next year that intends to examine how sorghum reacts to drought. The DOE funded project aims to use epigenetics to determine what genetic advantages sorghum may possess over other crops in drought conditions. The work involves the Joint Genome Institute’s Chia-Lin Wei and Devin Coleman-Derr. More>

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