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Diversa, JGI Team on Microbial Sequencing Project

NEW YORK, May 5 - Microbial genomics firm Diversa said today that it is collaborating with the US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute to discover and sequence novel microbial genomes found in a range of environmental conditions.

 

Diversa will extract DNA from environmental samples and make gene libraries, while JGI will sequence the genomes of the organisms.

 

All sequence data from the collaboration will be provided to Diversa and will also be deposited in GenBank within six months of the completion of sequencing, Diversa said.

 

Diversa and JGI said they would sequence DNA from microbes living in a number of extreme environments, including deep-sea thermal vents, soil from nuclear weapons manufacturing sites, and water collected by rainforest epiphytes - organisms that grow on the outer surface of trees.

 

Diversa claims that its gene libraries currently contain the complete genomes of over three million unique microorganisms.

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