Transcriptome Sequencing of 750 Marine Microbes

Sequencing Project Aims to Uncover New Knowledge About Ocean Microeukaryotes

SANTA FE, N.M.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s (GBMF) Marine Microbiology Initiative (MMI) today announced a new research program to sequence the transcriptomes of approximately 750 marine microbial eukaryotes.

This program is intended to increase the research community’s baseline of scientific knowledge by creating catalogues of genes that specify how these interesting organisms thrive in diverse marine habitats and how they influence the atmosphere and marine ecosystems. These catalogues are also expected to improve metagenomic analyses of complex marine microbial eukaryotic communities.

Nominations for transcriptome sequencing will be solicited from the international scientific community in November 2010, and over the next eighteen months NCGR will sequence the transcripts of approximately 750 samples that are expected to represent hundreds of diverse species and strains. MMI has convened an advisory committee to assist with review of sample nominations. Sequence data and associated environmental and experimental metadata will be deposited in the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis and the Sequence Read Archive at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which will be the long-term homes of the sequences, assemblies and annotations.

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