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Venter s Biological Energy Alternatives Institute Gets Additional $9M from DOE

NEW YORK, April 24 - The US Department of Energy has awarded Craig Venter's Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives $9 million for genomic research on microbial communities aimed at developing methods to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce hydrogen, the DOE said today.


This three-year grant adds to a $3 million, three-year grant the IBEA has already received from the DOE. I


IBEA scientists plan to determine the genetic sequences of all of the microorganisms occurring in a natural microbial community.


"These additional funds may lead to the development of new methods for carbon sequestration or alternative energy production and will work to engineer a particular type of microbe that could produce hydrogen, an important component in our clean energy future," said US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham in a statement.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.