NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Energy's Genomes: GTL program said it believes systems biology can be applied to microbial research in an effort to attain "cleaner and more secure energy resources, [remediate] toxic wastes and [understand] the natural roles microbes play in the global climate," the DOE said today


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