Sequencing all the DNA in a sample is pretty straightforward—except then you have to sort out the DNA. “It’s almost like you took hundreds of different puzzles and threw all the pieces together,” says Tanja Woyke, a microbiologist at the DOE Joint Genome Institute and project contributor. “Now you have to put those puzzles together and figure out which pieces come from which puzzle.”
A WIRED article on marine viruses features Matt Sullivan of Ohio State University. In a recent collaboration, his team used a tool they’d developed called VirSorter to find over 12,000 novel marine viral genomes. The article also quotes our Microbial Program Head Tanja Woyke and Prokaryote Super Program Head Nikos Kyrpides.
Sullivan also did a radio interview about VirSorter and gave a shoutout to his collaborations with the DOE JGI – listen here.
Learn more about Sullivan’s collaborations with the DOE JGI: