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Green Algae Reveal One mRNA Encodes Many Proteins
A team of researchers has found numerous examples of polycistronic expression – in which two or more genes are encoded on a single molecule of mRNA – in two species of green algae.
Advances in Rapidly Engineering Non-model Bacteria
CRAGE is a technique for chassis (or strain)-independent recombinase-assisted genome engineering, allowing scientists to conduct genome-wide screens and explore biosynthetic pathways. Now, CRAGE is being applied to other synthetic biology problems.
How Maize Makes An Antibiotic Cocktail
Zealexins are produced in every corn variety and protect maize by fending off fungal and microbial infections using surprisingly few enzymes.
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Podcast: Xiaohan Yang on A Plantiful Future
Building off plant genomics collaborations between the JGI and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Xiaohan Yang envisions customizing plants for the benefit of human society.
Synthesizing Microbial Expansins with Unusual Activities
Expansin proteins from diverse microbes have potential uses in deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass for conversion to renewable biofuels, nanocellulosic fibers, and commodity biochemicals.
Pennycress – A Solution for Global Food Security, Renewable Energy and Ecosystem Benefits
Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) is under development as a winter annual oilseed bioenergy crop. It could produce up to 3 billion gallons of seed oil annually while reducing soil erosion and fertilizer runoff.
Data & Tools
An Automated Tool for Assessing Virus Data Quality
CheckV can be broadly utilized by the research community to gauge virus data quality and will help researchers to follow best practices and guidelines for providing the minimum amount of information for an uncultivated virus genome.
A One-Stop Shop for Analyzing Algal Genomes
The PhycoCosm data portal is an interactive browser that allows algal scientists and enthusiasts to look deep into more than 100 algal genomes, compare them, and visualize supporting experimental data.
Podcast: A Primer on Genome Mining
In Natural Prodcast: the basics of genome mining, and how JGI researchers conducted it in IMG/ABC on thousands of metagenome-derived genomes for a Nature Biotechnology paper.
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Utilizing long-read sequencing for metagenomics and DNA modification detection webinar
Watch the webinar on how the JGI employs single-molecule, long-read DNA sequences to aid with genome assembly and transcriptome analysis of microbial, fungal, and plant research projects.
“SIP technologies at EMSL and JGI” Webinar
The concerted stable isotope-related tools and resources of the JGI and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) may be requested by applying for the annual “Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science” (FICUS) call.
CSP Functional Genomics Call Ongoing
The CSP Functional Genomics call helps users translate genomic information into biological function. Proposals submitted by July 31, 2021 will be part of the next review.
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A Team Effort Toward Targeted Crop Improvements
A multi-institutional team has produced a high-quality reference sequence of the complex switchgrass genome. Building off this work, researchers at three DOE Bioenergy Research Centers have expanded the network of common gardens and are exploring improvements to switchgrass.
Uncovering Novel Genomes from Earth’s Microbiomes
A public repository of 52,515 microbial draft genomes generated from environmental samples around the world, expanding the known diversity of bacteria and archaea by 44%, is now available .
Shattering Expectations: Novel Seed Dispersal Gene Found in Green Millet
In Nature Biotechnology, a very high quality reference Setaria viridis genome was sequenced, and for the first time in wild populations, a gene related to seed dispersal was identified.
March 16, 2017