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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has funded six new initiatives to develop technologies that will help JGI and its users conduct their research efforts into microbiology, metagenomics, and plant genomics.

JGI said yesterday that it plans to provide these new projects, which are supported under the Emerging Technologies Opportunity Program (ETOP), with a total of around $3.5 million over the next two years.

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