The emerging field of meta-genomics got a boost from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in January when it awarded $24.5 million to the University of California, San Diego, and the J. Craig Venter Institute to build a publicly available informatics infrastructure to help store, analyze, visualize, and disseminate the massive amounts of data gleaned from environmental sequencing.

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