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JGI Launches Community Sequencing Program

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (GenomeWeb News) -The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute today announced the launch of its community sequencing program.

The DOE, under the auspices of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within its Office of Science, is allocating some 12 billion bases of sequencing capacity per year through the program.

Starting in February, researchers with whole organisms or communities of organisms of interest, needing at least 10 million basepairs of sequence, can apply for consideration for the program. Successful applicants will have costs of the JGI sequencing underwritten by the Department of Energy. Data generated through this project will be available to the scientific community, JGI said.

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