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2009-10-22 15:34:09

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia, along with colleagues at the US Dept. of Energy Joint Genome Institute, has mapped the genome of a microbe that is silently helping to shape the ecology of oxygen-minimum areas in the ocean known as dead zones. "Microbes specialize in metabolic innovation and many can use alternatives to oxygen, including nitrates, sulfates and metals, breathing these compounds instead of oxygen. These adaptations likely enable them to thrive in...

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2009-10-22 14:34:13

Among the many changes in the ocean is the expansion of oxygen-deficient or oxygen minimum zones (OMZs), also known as dead zones, which affect the processes by which carbon is captured and sequestered on the seafloor and alter the microbial activities that impact the rate and magnitude of ocean carbon sequestration. Despite the importance of these effects, very little is known about the metabolism of OMZ microbes and how they respond to environmental changes. In the Oct. 23 issue of the...

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2009-10-09 13:23:57

If you have ever taken a long road trip, the windshield of your car will inevitably be splattered with bugs by the time you arrive at your destination. Could the DNA left behind be used to estimate the diversity of insects in the region? In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists answered this question, utilizing a novel analysis pipeline that will accelerate future studies of biodiversity. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology are allowing researchers to investigate...

2009-10-09 10:57:22

In 1996, researchers from major genome sequencing centers around the world convened on the island of Bermuda and defined a finished genome as a gapless sequence with a nucleotide error rate of one or less in 10,000 bases. This effectively set the quality target for the human genome effort and was quickly applied to other genome projects. If a genome sequence didn't meet this stringent criterion, it was simply considered a "draft." More than a decade later, researchers are finding that with...

2009-10-08 06:00:00

SEATTLE, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isilon® Systems (Nasdaq: ISLN), the proven leader in scale-out NAS, today announced that Illumina, Inc. has selected Isilon as the storage infrastructure for IlluminaCompute, its new, fully integrated, high-performance computing solution for its Genome Analyzer sequencing platform. IlluminaCompute combines powerful sequencing software with high-performance blade servers from Dell Inc., and Isilon scale-out NAS to create a...

2009-10-07 08:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- MO BIO Laboratories, Inc., the leader in soil, water and microbial nucleic acid purification, announces the launch of a groundbreaking new product, LifeGuard Soil Preservation Solution, for microbial RNA stabilization in soil samples upon collection. LifeGuard solution will enable researchers to collect soil samples in remote locations without RNA degradation or changes in transcript levels during transport to the laboratory for microbial...

2009-09-23 08:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- MO BIO Laboratories, Inc., the leader in soil, water and microbial nucleic acid purification, announces the launch of an innovative new product, PowerWater(R) RNA Isolation Kit, designed to isolate high-quality total RNA from a variety of filtered water samples. PowerWater(R) RNA Isolation Kit is expected to be a valuable tool in the developing fields of water safety testing, microbial community analysis and metagenomics. The PowerWater(R) RNA...

2009-09-18 05:28:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., founder, president and chairman of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), has been named a recipient of this year's National Medal of Science. Dr. Venter will be awarded the Medal from President Obama on October 7 at a White House ceremony. The National Medal of Science, the highest honor awarded to scientists by the United States government, was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by...

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2009-09-07 14:20:00

Provides tool for tracking environmental change In line with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) interest in characterizing the biotic factors involved in global carbon cycling, the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) characterizes a diverse array of plants, microorganisms, and the communities in which they reside to inform options for reducing and stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gases. Through a novel genomic approach detailed in the September 7 online edition and on the cover September 14...

2009-08-26 08:30:00

CALGARY, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ - Building on the success of their send-a-gene feature on Facebook, Genome Alberta has launched a new GenOmics Facebook application built on the NewsCloud Social Media Toolkit. The new site at http://apps.facebook.com/genomics will be a one stop source for genomics and other related 'omics' news including nutrigenomics, metabolomics, and metagenomics. With a few mouse clicks users can post stories from around the web, write their own stories or blogs, check out...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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