NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Integrated Genomics and Mascoma said last week that they have entered into a deal to analyze the genome of an undisclosed microbe important to breaking down cellulosic biomass for conversion into ethanol.

According to the companies, Integrated Genomics will use its Ergo bioinformatics software to annotate the genome and “provide a reconstruction of the genome into metabolic pathways.”

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