New Genome Sequencing Projects Announced by DOE Joint Genome Institute

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 12:07 in Biology & Nature

In the continuing effort to tap the vast, unexplored reaches of the earth's microbial and plant domains for bioenergy and environmental applications, the DOE Joint Genome Institute has announced its latest portfolio of DNA sequencing targets. The 44 projects, culled from nearly 150 proposals received through the Community Sequencing Program, represent over 60 billion nucleotides of data to be generated through this biodiversity sampling campaign -- roughly the equivalent of 20 human genomes. The pine tree, boat-boring bivalve 'bugs,' duck weed, oil-producing microalgae, stinkbird gut and 40 others top 2009 targets.

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