ASM President Dr. Stanley Maloy, who will touch on DOE JGI's achievement in his President's Forum remarks said that the 100 microbes represent a rich portfolio of the vast and mostly uncharacterized microbial world. "DNA sequencing has opened a particularly productive vein to mine in exploring and expanding the frontier of microbiology. Especially where, through conventional culture methods, we are unable to shed light on the metabolic profiles of these microorganisms and their environmental implications, DNA sequencing provides us a welcome set of tools."
"The power of DOE JGI sequencing microbes, and other organisms, is that it gives us the complete genomic 'parts list' of those organisms," said Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, Director of the DOE Office of Science. "With this list in hand, we can explore how microbes use these parts to build and run their key functions, many of critical importance to DOE because they can break down plant materials to produce such useful sources of energy as ethanol and hydrogen, and clean up toxic waste sites. We know that microbes can perform these and a multitude of other amazing tasks and with the proper technology we can harness these capabilities."
DOE JGI, a national user facility, has sequenced or is in the process of sequencing over 380 organisms, more
Source:DOE/Joint Genome Institute