Ocean sponge-dwelling bacteria have hidden talents. The kidney-red coral reef sponge, Theonella swinhoei, is a source of several anti-fungal and anti-cancer drug candidates. These compounds aren’t produced by the sponge itself but by symbiotic bacteria that live inside it. The compounds in question are called polyketides, secondary metabolites that happen to be made by just two bacterial tenants of T. swinhoei, which have eluded researchers up to now. Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, working with the Joint Genome Institute and several other academic institutions, used advanced sequencing methods to zero in on the bacteria. More>
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Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that’s been known to drive people daffy. It’s one of the smallest and fastest-growing flowering plants that can be a hard-to-control weed in ponds and small lakes. But it’s also been exploited to clean contaminated water and as a source to produce pharmaceuticals. Now, the genome of Greater Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza) has given this miniscule plant’s potential as a biofuel source a big boost. In a paper published Feb. 19 in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Rutgers University, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and several other facilities detailed the complete genome of S. polyrhiza and analyzed it in comparison. More>
The Joint Genome Institute ninth annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting agenda has been posted. Register now and submit poster abstracts by March 3. Short talks will be selected from these submissions. Keynote speakers include Stephen Quake of Stanford University and Annalee Newitz of science news website io9. State-of-the-art presentations by invited speakers on microbial, fungal and plant genomics, as well as metagenomics. In addition, tutorials on genomic informatics, data management, and new genomic technologies. The meeting runs from March 18 to 20. More>
The Joint Genome Institute Community Science Program is now accepting Letters of Intent for large-scale sequence-based genomic science projects that address questions of relevance to Department of Energy missions in sustainable biofuel production, global carbon cycling, and biogeochemistry. Priority for this call will be given to projects that address the following areas of special emphasis and exploit the diversity of JGI capabilities. More>
Researchers from the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Joint Genome Institute, and collaborators have developed a portable, network-enabled system for testing drinking water contamination. The system, called ScanDrop, uses microfluidics technology and cloud-based networking to scan water samples for pathogens and transmit the data remotely. More>
Joint BioEnergy Institute CEO Jay Keasling, Sarah Richardson and Sam Deutsch of the Joint Genome Institute, and Nathan Hillson of JBEI last month gave a presentation on synthetic biology to the Lab’s Community Advisory Group (CAG). CAG was formed in 2010 to provide input into the Lab’s physical plans and development projects.
The Call for Collaborative Science proposals between the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is now open. The deadline to submit Letters of Intent is April 7. This call represents a unique opportunity for researchers to combine the power of genomics and molecular characterization in one proposed research project. More>
JGI’s Annual User Meeting, Genomics of Energy and Environment, will take place March 18-20. Keynote speakers include Annalee Newitz of io9 and Steve Quake of Stanford University. Topics include microbial genomics, fungal genomics, metagenomics, and plant genomics, genome editing, natural products, pathway engineering, synthetic biology, high-throughput functional genomics, and societal impact of technological advances. State-of-the-art presentations by invited speakers as well as short talks selected from poster abstracts. In addition, there will be tutorials on genomic informatics, data management, and new genomic technologies. More>
The holiday spirit was evident across the Lab as employees donated food, money, blankets, coats, and toys. The Earth Sciences Division raised nearly $600 for the Alameda County Food Bank. The Materials Sciences Division (pictured) raised over $450 for the food bank, collected 50 coats and a large box of toys, and made lap blankets for local hospice patients. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer pooled funds to purchase 90 gifts for seven families via the Brighter Beginnings program. The Joint Genome Institute collected more than 368 pounds of goods for the Contra Costa Food Bank. The Lab-wide BOSS initiative brought in 80 pounds of toiletries, towels, and socks.
Named for its striking flowers that resemble scrunched-up monkey faces, monkey flower is a near cousin to the oft-domesticated snapdragon. A group of researchers led by the Joint Genome Institute completed a draft sequence of the monkey flower (Mimulus guttatus) genome and identified the historic footprints of DNA recombination events that have shaped the development of this plant species over the last several hundred thousand years. These findings, recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), should inform new plant breeding strategies that could be vitally important to developing improved bioenergy plant feedstocks. More>