What inspired Tanja Woyke to pursue her current area of focus is also what makes it possible: single-cell genomic technology. “It allows one to sequence the genome of one individual microbial cell by amplifying its genome a billion-fold using a process called multiple displacement amplification,” she says. “I find this quite fascinating. Such an approach… [Read More]
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To understand the world’s climate, we must understand how the 70% of the Earths surface that is covered with water behaves. Very little is known about the processes below 200m, or the area where photosynthesis is not possible due to the lack of light penetration. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute… [Read More]
Using single cell genomics, researchers identified bacteria in the “twilight zone” that are involved in capturing carbon. [Read More]
Using a single-cell approach developed by Ramunas Stepanauskas at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a group of researchers aims to sequence 60 new marine bacterio-plankton in conjunction with the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute. That way, there will be better reference genomes available for researchers studying marine… [Read More]
Identification of additional enzymes that can degrade cellulose efficiently should help in the development of biofuels on an industrial scale. Uncultured microorganisms living in cow rumen are highly effective at degrading plant cell walls. Hess et al. used metagenomics and single-genome sequencing to assemble draft genomes from microbes adhering to rumen-incubated switchgrass to identify nearly… [Read More]