NEW YORK, Oct. 8-The European Union is funding a three-year collaborative study with the People's Republic of China to identify new microbes, enzymes and genes from remote locations in inner Mongolia and Tibet.
The European Commission is providing EURO1 million for the project, which involves collaborators from the California firm Genencor, the University of Leicester, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, the University of Seville in Spain and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Researchers from this consortium will use on-site DNA extraction to identify new genes from these isolated environments. Genencor will provide high-throughput robotic screening, microarray and bioinformatics expertise. The company will focus on identifying previously unknown enzymes from extreme environments that may be developed for commercial use.
For more information, see the press release.