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Venter Institute Completes Sequence of Marine Microbe; Organism is First of 100 Planned Microbes

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (GenomeWeb News) - The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation plans to announce today that the Craig Venter Institute has completed the sequence of Erythrobacter litoralis, a sea-living microbe.


The sequence is the first out of a large-scale project by the Institute to sequence the genomes of more than 100 "key" marine microbes stored in culture collections around the world. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation contributed $8.9 million in grants to fund the project.


Though E. litoralis is abundant in the sea, its function is not fully understood.


Results of all genomic analysis from the project will be released into the public domain through the NationalCenterfor Biotechnology Information, the home of Genbank, the Venter Institute said.


The Institute believes that analyzing marine microbial genomes will offer scientists a baseline for interpreting the millions of new genes that Venter's Sorcerer II Expedition claims it is identifying.


"This project allows us to go from fewer than ten completely sequenced ocean microbes to well over 100 in only one year," Venter, president of the Venter Institute, said in a statement.

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