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U.S.-German Research Consortium Sequences Genome of Versatile Soil Microbe

Pseudomonas putida Has Potential for Use in Bioremediation, Promoting Plant Growth and Fighting Plant Diseases

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IBEA Receives $3 Million Dept. of Energy Grant for Synthetic Genome Development

Hamilton Smith, M.D., Nobel Laureate, Named Scientific Director of IBEA

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Exploring Bacterial Branches of the Tree of Life

In an ambitious "phylogenomics" project, TIGR scientists have received an NSF grant to use whole genome sequence analysis to better understand the phylogenetic relationships among major bacterial groups.

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TIGR evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen has been named as one of Esquire magazine's "Best and Brightest" innovators.

TIGR evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen has been named as one of Esquire magazine's "Best and Brightest" innovators. The list of 43 "emerging leaders who are reshaping our world" -- including nine scientists -- appears in the magazine's December issue.

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TIGR Cracks Genome of Potential Bioremediation Agent

Scientists at TIGR and their collaborators have deciphered the genome sequence of the bacterium Shewanella oneidensis, which has great potential as a bioremediation agent to remove toxic metals such as chromium and uranium from the environment.

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Scientists Decipher Genetic Code of Malaria Parasite

In a landmark contribution to the battle against malaria, scientists at TIGR and two other sequencing centers have deciphered the complex genetic code of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite that causes the deadliest form of the disease. In a related paper, a TIGR team also published a comparison of the genome with that of the model rodent malaria parasite, P. yoelii yoelii. And TIGR scientists played a role in sequencing the genome of the malaria-transmitting mosquito, Anophles gambiae.

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Fraser Wins Lawrence Award

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today that TIGR's president and director, Claire M. Fraser, Ph.D., will receive the E.O. Lawrence Award for her "contributions to genome analysis technology, its extension to the understanding of microbial diversity, and its application to human pathogens."

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Towards the $1,000 Genome: "Hot Topic" Added to TIGR Genome Conference

Meeting Kicks Off With Keynote Lecture By Barry Bloom, Dean of Harvard's School of Public Health, Followed by Panel Discussion On New Sequencing Technologies

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Genome of Potential Bioterror Agent Sequenced; Highlights Similarities Between Animal, Plant Pathogens

Scientists at TIGR, in collaboration with colleagues at three other research institutes, have determined the complete genomic sequence of Brucella suis, a bacterial pathogen and potential bioterrorism agent that could be targeted against humans or livestock.


Puerto Vallarta: Investigating the Influence of Coastal Development

Sampling today starts before sunrise when we arrive at Puerto Vallarta. In conjunction with our Mexican collaborators, we are investigating the influence of coastal development, particularly intensive tourism, on marine microbiota, so we take a sample of surface water in Banderas Bay and leave...

Strong Winds

Winds have picked up considerably in the last 36 hours, and tonight they are blowing in the 25 to 30 knot range, below gale force but still too strong to safely deploy our instrumentation. We sail past the plankton bloom near Cedros Island without stopping, but you can see the sparkle of the...

Blooms and Clear Skies

We left under clear skies and light winds, and within hours of heading out, we were sampling the waters off of the Coronado Islands near the US/Mexican border and plotting our sampling schedule for the next few days. The team passed around the latest satellite data from SeaWiFS, NASA’s global...

J. Robert Beyster and Life Technologies 2009-2010 Research Voyage Launch

After two years of intensive sampling in the waters off California and the west coast of the United States, the Sorcerer II Expedition embarked once again on March 21, 2009. Our destination: the Baltic, Black and Mediterranean Seas. Funded by generous donations from the Beyster Family...


Grow by Ginkgo

Getting Under the Skin

Amid an insulin crisis, one project aims to engineer microscopic insulin pumps out of a skin bacterium.


Planet Microbe

There are more organisms in the sea, a vital producer of oxygen on Earth, than planets and stars in the universe.

Vanity Fair

The Next Climate Change Calamity?: We’re Ruining the Microbiome, According to Human-Genome-Pioneer Craig Venter

In a new book (coauthored with Venter), a Vanity Fair contributor presents the oceanic evidence that human activity is altering the fabric of life on a microscopic scale.


Lessons from the Minimal Cell

“Despite reducing the sequence space of possible trajectories, we conclude that streamlining does not constrain fitness evolution and diversification of populations over time. Genome minimization may even create opportunities for evolutionary exploitation of essential genes, which are commonly observed to evolve more slowly.”

Quanta Magazine

Even Synthetic Life Forms With a Tiny Genome Can Evolve

By watching “minimal” cells regain the fitness they lost, researchers are testing whether a genome can be too simple to evolve.


Privacy concerns sparked by human DNA accidentally collected in studies of other species

Two research teams warn that human genomic “bycatch” can reveal private information

New York Times

Scientists Unveil a More Diverse Human Genome

The “pangenome,” which collated genetic sequences from 47 people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, could greatly expand the reach of personalized medicine.


First human ‘pangenome’ aims to catalogue genetic diversity

Researchers release draft results from an ongoing effort to capture the entirety of human genetic variation.



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