Last month I was lucky enough to visit one of the biggest genomics labs in the world. At the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek, CA, huge rooms full of genome sequencing machines work 24/7 to crunch the codes that create life. And the research here, funded by the US Department of Energy, has a purpose. The biologists and geneticists at JGI, several of whom helped sequence the first human genome in the 1990s, are trying to unlock the secret of sustainable biofuels that enhance the environment.
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