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JCVI to Train USDA Scientists in Eukaryotic Genome Analysis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The J. Craig Venter Institute will train a group of US Department of Agriculture scientists in genomic annotation and analysis methods that they may use later in their own research projects, JCVI said Monday.

Members of JCVI's Eukaryotic Genome Annotation and Analysis Team will train 40 Agricultural Research Service scientists this week in Lubbock, Texas, in how to use the search tools and methods JCVI scientists use to annotate, analyze, and compare eukaryotic genomes.

These ARS researchers will develop an analysis pipeline for annotating a genomic sequence, and will learn how to determine structural and functional characteristics of a genome, such as genes, gene products, genetic repeats, and RNAs.

One goal of the program is to help the USDA researchers gain "a deeper understanding of the annotations available in publicly accessible databases," JCVI said. JCVI also will offer free annotation of prokaryotic genomes through its JCVI Annotation Service.

"This annotation training demonstrates the practical application of bioinformatics to field science," JCVI's Linda Hannick said in a statement. "The advent of more cost-effective, next generation sequencing technologies means that there is an ever-increasing amount of genomic data to analyze."

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