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Hey, I m Breathing Here! Venter Institute to Sequence New York City Air

NEW YORK, March 7 (GenomeWeb News) - Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute plan to sequence all microorganisms found in air samples taken from atop an undisclosed building in midtown Manhattan, the institute said today.


For the pilot study, called the Air Genome Project and funded with $2.5 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Venter Institute researchers will capture indoor and outdoor New York Cityair through filters. They will then sequence DNA found in the air samples at the institute's JointTechnologyCenter.


The data will be made publicly available and the genome sequences will be released through the NationalCenterfor Biotechnology Information. The results may help design systems that detect potentially dangerous biological substances in the air, according to the institute.

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