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02-Dec-2002
Press Release

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

21-Nov-2002
Press Release

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

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

20-Nov-2002
Press Release

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.

07-Nov-2002
Press Release

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.

07-Oct-2002
Press Release

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.

02-Oct-2002
Press Release

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.

26-Sep-2002
Press Release

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."

23-Sep-2002
Press Release

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

23-Sep-2002
Press Release

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.

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Tracking Enterovirus D68, Cause of a Polio-like Illness in Some Patients

The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has played a vital role in defining the diversity of contemporary strains of human enteroviruses by using state-of-the art sequencing technologies, bioinformatics analyses, and in vitro and in vivo modeling.

Every Day is World Food Day at JCVI

World Food Day is a global initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to ensure that people have access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives. After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today, over 820 million people...

Mold Is Everywhere and Impacts You

When most people think about mold or fungi, food spoilage, a damp basement, or mushrooms come to mind. What you may not realize is how pervasive this branch of life is. Fungi is everywhere, from the ground you walk on to the air you breathe, and accounts for an estimated 25% of all biomass...

Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for Toxic Algal Blooms

Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have discovered how certain types of algal blooms become toxic, producing a harmful substance known as domoic acid. Microscopic view of domoic acid...

Ocean Microplastics Explained

As we wrap up sampling in the waters off of Maine, Dr. Chris Dupont discusses how collections of plastic particles in the water – or “plastisphere” – may be harboring fish or human pathogens. There may also be microbes responsible for degrading plastic, which are being investigated....

JCVI Team Awarded Two Grants Under the NSF’s “Understanding the Rules of Life” Initiative

The first award, led by John Glass, PhD, for $1M, is focused on “Building and Modeling Synthetic Bacterial Cells.” The second award, led by Zaida Luthey-Schulten, PhD, at the University of Illinois, also for $1M, is titled “Balancing the Demands of a Minimal Cell,” and is focused on...

Dr. Venter at Sailors’ Scuttlebutt Lecture Series

Dr. Craig Venter was a guest speaker at the Whaling Museum in partnership with Nantucket Community Sailing as part of the Sailors’ Scuttlebutt Lecture Series. Dr. Venter's lecture was titled, "Oceans, Human Health and the Genomic Future" discussing the Global Ocean...

Newly Discovered Human Brain Cell: Rosehip Neurons

What’s next for exploring the newly discovered human brain cell, the rose hip neuron? We caught up with Dr. Richard Scheuermann on the road to discuss how the J. Craig Venter Institute is advancing knowledge about what makes humans unique. See the full press release.

Ocean Sampling Day 2018

J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) scientists, led by Lisa Ziegler Allen, PhD, are collaborating with Kelly Goodwin, PhD (NOAA), Brian Palenik, PhD (UCSD), and Maitreyi Nagarkar (UCSD) to participate in this year’s Ocean Sampling Day on June 21. The team, which also includes Sarah Schwenck...

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01-Jun-2021
The Scientist

Sailing the Seas in Search of Microbes

Projects aimed at collecting big data about the ocean’s tiniest life forms continue to expand our view of the seas.

13-Apr-2021
The Harvard Crimson

What the Public Should Not Know

J. Craig Venter, PhD, argues scientists have “a moral obligation to communicate what they're doing to the public,” and that more studies deserve greater public criticism.

29-Mar-2021
Science

Scientists coax cells with the world’s smallest genomes to reproduce normally

The discovery could sharpen scientists’ understanding of which functions are crucial for normal cells and what the many mysterious genes in these organisms are doing

23-Mar-2021
San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego arts, health, science and youth groups to share $71M from Prebys Foundation

The J. Craig Venter Institute is the recipient of three awards totaling more than $1.5M to study SARS-CoV-2 and heart disease

11-Feb-2021
Scientific American

Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the First Publication of the Human Genome

A new wave of research is needed to make ample use of humanity’s “most wondrous map”

24-Dec-2020
The San Diego Union Tribune

Scientists rush to determine if mutant strain of coronavirus will deepen pandemic

U.S. researchers have been slow to perform the genetic sequencing that will help clarify the situation

19-Dec-2020
The San Diego Union-Tribune

After saving countless lives, Nobel laureate Hamilton Smith retires as his own health falters

He has been a fixture in San Diego science for decades

14-Dec-2020
Medscape

The 'Wondrous Map': Charting of the Human Genome, 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton announced completion of what was arguably one of the greatest advances of the modern era: the first draft sequence of the human genome.

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