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Date:10/29/2013

terize a modular system for multi-gene regulation in plants. One application of this system is improving the cost-effective production of lignocellulosic biofuels as they focus on modifying gene expression to increase biomass density while reducing ligninan integral part of the secondary plant cell wall, but a bottleneck to biofuels production.

All 37 projects selected by an external review panel out of 123 full proposals reflect the emphasis on collaboration between researchers and the potential of further expanding research communities working on these topics. Additionally, the projects selected combine sequence data generation with large-scale experimental and computational capabilities and the total allocation for the CSP 2014 portfolio is expected to be more than 30 trillion bases (terabases or Tb).

Together, all of these projects are the first selected under a new aegis as the DOE JGI's primary user program changes names from the Community Sequencing Program to the Community Science Program, a title that more accurately reflects the work being done by and at the DOE JGI. "The DOE JGI offers access to high throughput DNA sequencing, analysis of DNA sequence, and, recently, DNA synthesis for investigators who have questions of relevance to DOE mission areas," said Deputy Director of Programs Jim Bristow. The change, he added, aligns with the Institute's 10-year Strategic Vision to transition from a sequencing facility to a fully-fledged genomic analysis resource offering researchers the opportunity to submit a DNA sample of their organisms of interest and receive not just raw DNA sequence but detailed functional annotations that can be parlayed into a foundation for collaborative science.


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Contact: David Gilbert
degilbert@lbl.gov
925-296-5643
DOE/Joint Genome Institute
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