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DOE s Joint Genome Institute Seeking Proposals for CSP Alternative-Energy Program

NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute last week issued a call for proposals for its 2007 Community Sequencing Program.


The program focuses on sequencing the genomes of plants, microbes, and other organisms that have the potential to fuel the nation's energy needs.


"The CSP enables researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines to translate the information captured from the biosphere's complex web of organisms into discoveries that have real utility for developing cleaner domestic energy options," DOE JGI Director Eddy Rubin said in a statement.


Genomes that have already been sequenced, or that are in the process of being sequenced, as part of the CSP include Burkholderia xenovorans strain LB400, a degrader of PCB pollutants; Prochlorococcus, a marine phytoplankton that plays a critical role in regulating the dynamics of the global carbon cycle; and Pertrolisthes cinctipes, a type of crab known as the porcelain crab, whose heat and cold tolerance could help researchers understand climate change.


The DOE JGI will be accepting letters of intent for new CSP projects online here until Jan. 13, 2006. Applications that show promise will be given the go-ahead to develop full proposals, which will be due March 3, 2006.

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