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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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State Assembly Member Tim Grayson Visits Joint Genome Institute

Grayson (D-Concord) and his district director Naser Javaid recently visited JGI to learn about their sequencing, metabolomics, single-cell genomics, and DNA synthesis capabilities. Grayson also met with JGI Director Nigel Mouncey and heard from researchers Susannah Tringe and Trent Northen.

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NASA Astronaut Talks Science in Space on May 11; Will be Live Streamed

Hear from astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, on May 11 at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Liz Warren, associate program scientist for CASIS, which manages the International Space Station-National Lab, will join Rubins to answer questions on research opportunities for Lab scientists. The Molecular Foundry and JGI are co-hosting the event. More>

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Joint Genome Institute Discovers Novel Giant Viruses

As reported in the April 7 issue of Science, a JGI-led team discovered a group of giant viruses dubbed Klosneuviruses in sequence data from wastewater treatment samples. The team says the finding significantly increases our understanding of viral evolution. Postdoc and study first author Frederik Schulz was interviewed on Science Friday about the work. More>

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JGI Contributes to Study on Speciation in Nature

Joint Genome Institute and Duke University researchers utilized a relative of the model plant Arabidopsis to provide the first direct evidence that QTLs, genome regions on chromosomes to which genetic traits can be mapped, are a driving force behind speciation. This research appeared in in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. More>

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JGI Helps Identify Grass Gene Controlling Water Loss

With help from the Joint Genome Institute, a Stanford University team used a genetic screen to identify a mutant in the model grass Brachypodium distachyon that affects stomatal morphology and, by extension, how plants manage water. More>

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