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Are There Organisms in Earth’s Purest Water? JGI Will Help Find Out

National Park scientists are researching a series of underground lakes, thought to be the purest water on Earth. But scant bacteria has been discovered there, which will be submitted to the Joint Genome Institute to determine exactly what organisms are in the water. More>

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First Public Resource for Secondary Metabolites Searches

This public database allows researchers to more efficiently harness the genomic data generated by advanced sequencing technologies to identify novel small molecules relevant to DOE missions in bioenergy and environment. More>

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JGI Interns Share Summer Experiences on Video

JGI hosted 10 students this summer, including several from UC Merced, and two from the SULI Program. The interns had opportunities to spend time out in the field, work at the lab bench, and do some computational analyses at their desks. Several interns relate their summer experiences in short videos.

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JGI Call for ETOP Program Letters of Intent Ends August 31

The JGI is accepting Letters of Intent for the Emerging Technologies Opportunities Program (ETOP). By partnering with the scientific community, JGI seeks to develop new resources and technical capabilities that could then be provided to JGI users to help address important energy and environmental problems. All Letters of Intent need to be received by August 30, 2015. More>

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JGI Team Applies Gene Expression Analysis to Stressed Algae

In the August issue of Nature Plants, a JGI-led team analyzed the genes that are being activated during algal lipid production in the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to learn more about how algae can be stressed just enough to produce lipids for biofuels, but not enough to kill them. This study also successfully demonstrated another genomic technology capability JGI collaborators can utilize. More>

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Unearthing Cornerstones in Root Microbiomes

A plant’s immune system can distinguish between friends and foes among microbes, and upon detecting pathogens, can activate a defensive response. In a study, a team including Joint Genome scientists looked at roles of three phytohormones in controlling the composition of the root microbiome in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. More>

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JGI Team Helps Evaluate Fungi for Bioremediation

As published in Plos One, a team including Joint Genome Institute scientists evaluated the potential bioremediation capabilities of six white rot fungi. The team is looking for fungi that can break down oil in contaminated canal waters. More>

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JGI Team Develops Universal Method for Microbial Species Identification

Reported in Nucleic Acids Research, Joint Genome Institute researchers and collaborators developed and evaluated a new method for classifying microbial species that could be supplemented, as needed, by traditional approaches relied on by microbiologists for decades. More>

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JGI’s Nikos Kyrpides on 10 Years of IMG Data Management System

Nikos Kyrpides, head of the JGI Prokaryote Super Program, and recent recipient of the Van Niel International Prize in Bacterial Systematics, reflects on 10 years of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data management system with nods to CRD’s Victor Markowitz and NERSC, and looks at future directions. More>

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JGI Develops Tool for Automating Microbial Genome Sequence Decontamination

One of the ISME Journal Top 10 most downloaded papers in the last two weeks is one by JGI scientists about ProDeGe, the first computational protocol developed for quick and automated removal of contaminant sequences from draft microbial genomes. More>

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