Founded in 1997, JGI was initially tasked with unraveling and interpreting a large complement of the human genome chromosomes 5, 16 and 19 comprising nearly 11 percent of the 3-billion-letter human genetic code. Now in its seventh year, the JGI has assembled considerable expertise and instrumentation at its Production Genomics Facility (PGF) in Walnut Creek. JGI has grown to more than 61,000 square feet of laboratory and office space and is home to more than 150 researchers and support staff--all UC employees from Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Beyond tackling human sequencing, the JGI has gone on to elucidate the genomes of such diverse organisms as the puffer fish (Fugu rubripes), a sea squirt (Ciona intestinalis), portions of the mouse genome, as well as dozens of other organisms including those responsible for fermentation, photosynthesis in the ocean, Sudden Oak Death, Pierce's Disease (affecting the vitality of the grape growing and wine industries) and acid mine run-off. Among those organisms currently under investigation are a species of frog (Xenopus tropicalis), the alder tree (Popular trichocarpa), and a type of green algae (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii ). The first deadline for proposals is Feb. 20. For additional information on the CSP and for those interested in submitting sequencing proposals see: http://www.jgi.doe.gov/CSP/user_guide/index.html
Contact: David Gilbert
DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory