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Moore Foundation Awards $24.5M to Support UCSD s, Venter s Marine Microbial Metagenomics Research

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has pledged $24.5 million over seven years to create the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis, the University of California, San Diego, an award recipient, said today.


The CAMERA facility will develop a computational resource and software for studying microbial marine life genetics. It will be located on the UCSD campus.


The UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology will lead the CAMERA project with the Venter Institute and UCSD's Center for Earth Observations.


"The goal is to create a community resource to house all metagenomic data that will facilitate and advance knowledge of marine microbial ecology, other natural environments, and evolutionary biology," said Craig Venter in a statement.


The Moorefoundation has already contributed almost $9 million to the Venter Institute's project to sequence more than 100 key marine microbes around the world.