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JGI Scientists Find Novel Digestive Strategy in Shipworm

In a recent study, a team including DOE JGI scientists reports that the shipworm, the so-called “termite of the sea,” has a special method of breaking down wood for digestion. The lessons learned could help improve biofuels production. The shipworm project was featured in the Washington Post. More>

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JGI Scientists Highlight Toolkit for Discovering New Life

In a Science perspective published earlier this month, JGI Director Eddy Rubin and Microbial Program Head Tanja Woyke say the time is right to apply genomic technologies to discover new life on Earth. More>

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Take Part in the Halloween-Themed JGI Runaround on Oct. 30

The annual JGI Runaround is a three km walk/run event starts at 11 a.m. in the JGI courtyard in Walnut Creek. In keeping with this year’s Halloween theme, participants are invited to come in costume. Prizes will be awarded for best times and costume. For more information, contact Christine Naca.

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JGI’s 2015 Science Portfolio Delves Deeper into Earth’s Data Mine

A total of 32 projects were selected for the Joint Genome Institute’s 2015 Community Science Program, and they promote a shift in JGI’s emphasis from deciphering an organism’s genetic code to facilitating an understanding of what this information enables organisms to do. More>

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JGI, UC Merced Launch Summer Graduate Internship Program

The eight-week, summer program challenges UC Merced graduate students with individual projects at the Joint Genome Institute that offer hands-on experience in cutting-edge genome research and apply experimental and computation tools to solve research problems. These students were the first participants in the program. More>

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MaxBin: Automated Sorting Through Metagenomes

Researchers at JBEI and JGI led by Steve Singer of the Earth Sciences Division have developed an automated software program for sorting the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. This development could aid the production of new chemical materials, such as advanced biofuels or pharmaceutical drugs. More>

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JGI Involved in Study of Virus-Host Interactions in Oxygen Minimum Zone

With collaborators at the University of British Columbia and the University of Arizona, Joint Genome Institute researchers studied the interactions between the bacteria SUP05 that are involved in the carbon, nitrogen and sulfur cycles of a seasonally oxygen-deficient fjord, and the viruses that infect these microbes. More>

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Bangladesh Agriculture Minister Visits JGI

Last week, Matia Chowdhury, Honorable Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, visited the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, to explore possible collaborations in the area of plant genomics. More>

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JGI, ORNL Team Applies Genomics to Poplar Ecology

The Joint Genome Institute and others conducted an in-depth, population-based approach to identifying mechanisms for adaptation in poplars. The method could be harnessed for developing more accurate predictive climate change models. More>

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DOE JGI/EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative Projects Announced

The DOE Joint Genome Institute and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) have accepted 12 projects submitted during the 2014 … More»

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