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21-May-2024
Collaborator Release

Phytoplankton Genetically Sequenced at Sea for the First Time

Viking’s Initiative with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and J. Craig Venter Institute Aims to Provide Better Understanding of the “World’s Lungs”

01-May-2024

Tae Seok Moon, Ph.D. and Nan Zhu, Ph.D. join J. Craig Venter Institute faculty

JCVI continues to actively recruit faculty to expand core research areas, including human health and synthetic biology

18-Apr-2024
Press Release

Groundbreaking study reveals oral microbiome’s role in immune response and COVID-19 severity

Newly developed AI model shows that saliva is a better predictor of COVID-19 severity than existing blood tests

21-Mar-2024
Press Release

Scientists develop method to efficiently construct single-copy human artificial chromosomes (HACs)

This new tool will allow scientists to work in mammalian systems in ways only previously available in bacteria and yeast

HACs have wide potential research applications to synthetic biologists and may eventually aid in delivering DNA in clinical applications

19-Mar-2024
Collaborator Release

With combined funding of 3,000,000 euros the BBVA Foundation’s Fundamentos Program supports five innovative exploratory research projects on core questions in basic science

JCVI work supported through The Physical Basis of Cell Division in Minimal and Synthetic cells (MINCELL) Fundamentos Program

11-Mar-2024
Workshop Alert

12th Build-a-Cell Workshop hosted at J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla

The workshop will take place March 29, 2024 with registration closing March 19

22-Feb-2024
Collaborator Release

New LongCOVID research launched by PolyBio’s global consortium of scientists

Funding will deepen research on the persistence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in LongCOVID patients and launch new clinical trials

30-Jan-2024
Press Release

J. Craig Venter Institute contracted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rapidly construct synthetic influenza genes

Genes will be used to help develop seasonal and pandemic vaccines, improving response time and vaccine efficacy

10-Nov-2023
Press Release

Coastal upwelling regions threatened by increased ocean acidification

Increased acidification shown to limit iron availability, a critical element for the survival of phytoplankton, the foundation of the oceanic food web

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In celebration and recognition of Arab American Heritage Month

Arab American Heritage Month serves as a platform to honor and celebrate the rich cultural heritage, experiences, and enduring contributions of Arab Americans to our society. It is a time to recognize the resilience, creativity, and achievements of Arab Americans across various fields, from art...

Highlighting Women in STEM

March is a month dedicated to celebrating the incredible achievements and contributions of women throughout history. This year, we’d like to turn the spotlight towards the remarkable women who have revolutionized the scientific landscape. Throughout history, women in science faced significant...

Black History Month 2024

February marks the annual observance of Black History Month, a time to recognize and honor the rich heritage, achievements, and ongoing struggles of Black people. Founded and championed by historian Carter G. Woodson to ensure Black voices and contributions were not erased from traditional...

Rally for Medical Research

While my day job is an outreach coordinator and bioinformatic analyst at JCVI, supporting the Bacterial and Viral Bioinformatics Resource Center (BV-BRC), I also have a longstanding interest in science advocacy. As a graduate student at Keck Graduate Institute, I was selected to be part of an...

PRIDE in STEM

Updated 2023-06-09 AT JCVI, we know first-hand that a career in science and technology can be a fulfilling and rewarding way for individuals to make a real impact on the world around us. The STEM fields are shaping our lives and are fueling social progress. The involvement of LGBTQ+...

Supporting earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria

We are devastated by the recent earthquakes which have caused enormous destruction in Turkey and Syria and encourage all who are able to support organizations involved in relief efforts. Locally, the American Turkish Association of Southern California (ATASC) is raising funds and...

Leg 2: exploring the Mid-Cayman Spreading Center

Editor’s note JCVI Staff Scientist Erin Garza, Ph.D., was selected to embark on a unique research expedition aboard the HOV Alvin submersible, a crewed deep-ocean research vessel owned by the United States Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, that has brought...

The dive: searching for deep ocean plastics in the Puerto Rico Trench

Editor’s note JCVI Staff Scientist Erin Garza, Ph.D., was selected to embark on a unique research expedition aboard the HOV Alvin submersible, a crewed deep-ocean research vessel owned by the United States Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, that has brought...

Leg 1: headed to an unexplored area of the Puerto Rico Trench

Editor’s note JCVI Staff Scientist Erin Garza, Ph.D., was selected to embark on a unique research expedition aboard the HOV Alvin submersible, a crewed deep-ocean research vessel owned by the United States Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, that has brought...

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10-Jan-2020
Issues in Science and Tech

Gene Drives: New and Improved

As the science advances, policy-makers and regulators need to develop responses that reflect the latest developments and the diversity of approaches and applications.

13-Nov-2019
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Pink shoes and a lab jacket: Finding your way as a female scientist

Women in science tell high school girls they, too, can change the world

01-Jun-2019
Asia Times

How AI can help us decode immunity

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be the keys to unraveling how the human immune system prevents and controls disease

30-May-2019
Nature News and Views

Construction of an Escherichia coli genome with fewer codons sets records

The biggest synthetic genome so far has been made, with a smaller set of amino-acid-encoding codons than usual — raising the prospect of encoding proteins that contain unnatural amino-acid residues.

30-May-2019
UC San Diego News Center

Public Health is the Next Big Thing at UC San Diego

15-May-2019
MIT Technology Review

Researchers have swapped the genome of gut germ E. coli for an artificial one

By creating a new genome, scientists could create organisms tailored to produce desirable compounds

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