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JGI Hosts Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

Register now for the meeting, set for March 24-26 in Walnut Creek. Topics include microbial, fungal, and plant genomics, genome editing, HP computing applications, synthetic biology, and societal impact of technological advances. Go here to see the current roster of speakers, check out featured workshops, and register.

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Successful Holiday Fund Drives for JGI and the Lab

As a result of the challenge issued by JGI bioinformatics analyst Bobby Otillar, nearly 1,800 pounds of food was collected for the Food Bank of Solano and Contra Costa counties during the annual JGI holiday food drive. The Lab collected two barrels of towels, blankets, toiletries, food, and socks for the Berkeley Food and Housing Project.

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Spaces Available for February MGM Workshop at JGI

The five-day workshop on Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics (MGM) takes place Feb. 9-13. The workshop includes seminars and extensive hands-on tutorials on how to use the IMG family of systems for comparative analysis of isolate genomes and metagenomes. Space is limited, so register now.

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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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