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29-May-2017
Collaborator Release

Digital-to-Biological Converter for On-Demand Production of Biologics Developed by Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

The first fully automated machine to convert digital code into functional biologics without human intervention creates entirely new avenues for precision medicine

22-May-2017
Collaborator Release

Intestinal Fungi Worsen Alcoholic Liver Disease

Reducing intestinal fungi slowed disease progression in mice

02-May-2017
Collaborator Release

Stool Microbes Predict Advanced Liver Disease

Proof-of-concept study suggests a noninvasive test for specific microbial population patterns could be used to detect advanced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

02-May-2017
News Alert

National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected

Dr. Karen Nelson, President, J. Craig Venter Institute, among the 84 newly elected members.

25-Apr-2017
Press Release

Battling Infectious Diseases with 3-D Structures

Team of scientists created 1,000 3-D protein structures to be used for drug and vaccine research

11-Apr-2017
Collaborator Release

The Human Vaccines Project, Vanderbilt And Illumina Join Forces To Decode The Human Immunome

This multi-institutional effort is also supported by the Human Vaccines Project Bioinformatics and Data Management Core, located at the J. Craig Venter Institute and the San Diego Super Computer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The Core will analyze the enormous data sets generated by the effort.

16-Jan-2017
Collaborator Release

Genome sequence of a polar alga explains adaptation to extreme climates

An international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed microalgae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates – a step towards understanding how polar organisms are impacted by climate change.

12-Jan-2017
Collaborator Release

Teaching Computers to Recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome

A new proof-of-concept study by researchers from the University of California San Diego succeeded in training computers to “learn” what a healthy versus an unhealthy gut microbiome looks like based on its genetic makeup.

17-Oct-2016
News Alert

National Academy of Medicine Elects 80 New Members

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. among inductees

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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...

My journey begins: heading to the Puerto Rico Trench in search of deep-sea plastic

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...

Celebrating pioneers in science and medicine this Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! At JCVI, we believe in the importance of celebrating scientific trailblazers, particularly those who made groundbreaking advancements all while overcoming overt racism. Here, we have highlighted the stories and achievements of some of the most accomplished Black...

Eleven female scientists whose research changed the world

Today is Women’s Equality Day and to celebrate, we are highlighting accomplishments made by women in science and technology. While these scientists were influential in advancing their fields and championing the fair treatment of women in science, currently women only make up 28% of the...

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24-Oct-2023
Noema

Planet Microbe

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

29-Aug-2023
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.

21-Aug-2023
GEN

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.”

09-Aug-2023
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.

15-May-2023
Science

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

10-May-2023
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.

10-May-2023
Nature

First human ‘pangenome’ aims to catalogue genetic diversity

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

15-Mar-2023
Scientific American

Scientists Create the Smallest-Ever Moving Cell

Just two genes get tiny synthetic cells moving, offering clues to life’s evolution.

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