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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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JGI participates in STEAM Day for Foothill Middle School

Last month, Joint Genome Institute volunteers conducted a three-hour hands-on DNA sequencing demonstration for over 330 Walnut Creek sixth graders at Arbolado Park during an event dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.)

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Latest Issue of the JGI Primer Available

The latest issue of the Primer recaps JGI’s recent 12th Annual Genomics of Energy and Environment meeting, with several talks highlighted. It also features notable publications on giant viruses, using metagenomics data for protein structures, a genus-wide comparative analysis of fungi, and more. Download the latest issue on the JGI website.

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JGI Helps Fungal Researchers to ID Plant Degrading Enzyme Complexes

A team led by UC Santa Barbara researchers has found for the first time that early lineages of fungi can form complexes of enzymes that can degrade plant biomass. The work was enabled by harnessing the capabilities of two DOE Office of Science User Facilities: The Joint Genome Institute and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Lab. More>

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Joint Genome Institute Finds New Major Gene Expression Regulator in Fungi

Changing a single DNA base can lead to changes in protein structures and functions, impacting an organism’s traits. A recent JGI-led study shows the prevalence of modifications to base 6 of adenine in the earliest branches of the fungal kingdom. These early-diverging fungi provide a repertoire of important and valuable gene products for DOE energy and environment missions. More>

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Register for Joint Genome Institute’s July Secondary Metabolites Meeting

Wisconsin Institute of Discovery Director Jo Handelsman and Oak Ridge National Lab distinguished scientist Jerry Tuskan will keynote the JGI’s Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolites Meeting. The meeting brings together investigators interested in the role of secondary metabolites in plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions. More>

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National Microbiome Data Collaborative Town Hall at ASM Microbe Meeting

Attending the ASM Microbe 2017 meeting in New Orleans? Don’t miss the June 3 town hall for microbiologists interested in the establishment of a National Microbiome Data Collaborative as a central reference point for the community of microbiome scientists in health, agriculture, environment, and earth sciences. More>

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NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Shares Her Experiences in Space; Video of Talk Posted

During her May 11 talk, Rubins, an astronaut and microbiologist, shared her experiences of conducting scientific research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last year. She described the exhilarating rocket ride, the slow adjustment to microgravity, and how “you’re both the researcher and the experimental subject for a number of studies” aboard the ISS. Go here to watch a video of the talk.

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JGI Workshop at the July Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIMB) Meeting

Joint Genome Institute researchers will hold a workshop, “Mining Microbial Genomes and Metagenomes for Biotechnology,” at the SIMB meeting in Denver, Colo. on July 30. The hands-on workshop will provide instruction on using the Integrated Microbial Genomes suite of tools for comparative analysis of isolated genomes and metagenomes. More>

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JGI’s 11th Annual Safety & Wellness Fair on May 17

The fair, sponsored by the Joint Genome Institute, takes place Wednesday, May 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at the JGI Courtyard in Walnut Creek. The event features information, activities, and resources from 30 exhibitors representing Berkeley Lab, JGI, and neighboring Walnut Creek businesses. Direct any questions to JGI Safety & Wellness (SWELL) head Christine Naca.

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