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BGSU researchers harness power of genome institute for Great Lakes study
Date:11/3/2011

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"If you pull up a bucket of water, there are several thousands of organisms living in a community structure. We want to know who's doing what," said Bullerjahn, a professor of biology and interim associate dean of the Graduate College.

Using the genetic sequencing from the JGI, they will be able to identify what genes are active, and study the DNA as well in order to assess microbial community composition. "We can look at the oxic [oxygenated] periods versus the anoxic periods and see what genes are active. It can also lead to discoveries of new types of 'players' -- organisms we never knew existed," Bullerjahn added.

"One of the challenges that has held back environmental genomics has been the inability to sample adequately and assemble genomes from complex environments," Rubin said. "With recent advances in sequencing technologies and assembly algorithms developed by DOE JGI and others, it has become tractable."

The word "community" applies to the work in several ways, from the community of microbes under study to the scientists involved. "A community of people will be needed to even begin to look at the data this will generate and begin to parcel out the interesting stories and put together their results," Morris said.


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Contact: Jen Sobolewski
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Bowling Green State University
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