Posts Tagged ‘Joint Genome Institute’

JGI is Looking for a Few Good Poets

Monday, April 14th, 2014

poetry-genomics imageIn honor of National Poetry Month, the Joint Genome Institute is building a poetry bank and welcomes submissions. Original works are welcome in a variety of categories and must reference either a JGI mission or a JGI science program. For more details, go to Submissions are being accepted through JGI’s Facebook and Google+ pages until April 30th.

Budding JGI Entrepreneurs Win Breast Cancer Challenge

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Late last year, Joint Genome Institute workflow manager Gerardo Ramirez (right) and software developer Naveen Chandramohan connected the day before the deadline for the first-ever Breast Cancer Start-up Challenge, a global competition that aims to advance biomedical inventions by launching start-ups. The duo put together a business and commercialization plan for a genome-based diagnostic assay for breast cancer invented by a National Cancer Institute-supported researcher. Their hard work paid off; as one of 10 winning teams, they attended the awards ceremony at the National Institute of Health in February. Learn more about the competition and watch the awards ceremony here.

Joint Genome Institute 2013 Annual Report Available

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Significant accomplishments of the past fiscal year (Oct 2012-Sept 2013), from plumbing the depths of microbial dark matter to whole genome analyses of cotton, peach, and the button mushroom (and much, much more) are summarized in the Joint Genome Institute annual Progress Report. The 2013 DOE JGI Progress Report can be downloaded here. Archived editions from 2002 are available here. For hard copies, send a request to Terri Bartolome.

Joint Genome Institute Launches New Website

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Joint Genome Institute’s recently revamped website features a new structure and navigation to improve the user experience. With a look and feel that matches the facility’s new logo, the site offers easy access to the latest and upcoming news, highlights, videos, and quick links to information on collaborating with JGI, their projects, data and tools, and their science. Share your thoughts on the new site with Public Affairs Manager David Gilbert.

New DNA Analysis Helps Researchers Cut Through the Dirt

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Collaborators from the Joint Genome Institute and Berkeley Lab have published the largest soil DNA sequencing effort to date in the March 10 issue of PNAS. In an ambitious pilot study using that data, researchers sought to compare the microbial populations of soils sampled from cultivated Midwestern corn fields with those from pristine expanses of the Great Prairie. More>

Ocean Sponge-Dwelling Bacteria Have Hidden Talents

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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>

Pond-Dwelling Powerhouse’s Genome Points to its Biofuel Potential

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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>

Call for Poster Abstracts for Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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>

JGI Call for Letters of Intent for Large-Scale Genomics Proposals Due April 10

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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>

ScanDrop Technology Identifies Drinking Water Contaminants

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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>