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First Detailed Microscopy Evidence of Bacteria at Lower Size Limit of Life

Scientists — including the Lab’s Jill Banfield, Susannah Tringe, Luis Commolli, and Hoi-Ying Holman — have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria, believed to be about as small as life can get. There hasn’t been a comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA-based description of the microbes until now. More>

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Join the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Google+ Hangout on March 4

The hangout will provide more information on the Joint Genome Institute and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory Collaborative Science Initiative. Attendees will hear about the 2016 call, its scientific focus and how to submit a Letter of Intent for these DOE user facilities. More>

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JGI Leads Team Retracing the Roots of Fungal Symbioses

To understand the basis for fungal symbiotic relationships with plants, a team of Joint Genome Institute researchers and longtime collaborators at INRA (France) and Clark University conducted the first broad, comparative phylogenomic analysis of mycorrhizal fungi, reporting their findings in Nature Genetics. More>

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Submit Poster Abstracts for Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

Poster abstracts for the Joint Genome Institute’s 10th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting are being accepted until March 9. Meeting registration is required in order to submit an abstract. The event is scheduled for March 24-26. More>

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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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