Live Blogging the JGI Users Meeting

Well, I am at the JGI (Joint Genome Institute) User Meeting – and I am going to try and do some live blogging right here.  I am going to do it differently than I have previously and do things in the comments not in the main page here.  If it works, great.  If not I might switch to FriendFeed.  So check out the comments for new updates ….

So – see the comments for this posting but also see FriendFeed where Jason Stajich and I posted many comments.  Here are some links:

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

20 thoughts on “Live Blogging the JGI Users Meeting”

  1. Jeff Dangl is now talking about Comparative genomics of P. syringae. I note Dangl has a pretty cool new paper on sequencing and assembling microbial genomes – De novo assembly using low-coverage short read sequence data from the rice pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. oryzae.Reinhardt JA, Baltrus DA, Nishimura MT, Jeck WR, Jones CD, Dangl JL.Genome Res. 2009 Feb;19(2):294-305. Epub 2008 Nov 17.


  2. James Cate is now going to talk about reverse engineering cellulosomes in CLostridia. He says his goal here is to basically make cellulosomes into some sort of swiss army knife equivalent — to be able to mix and match different subunits to produce different activities He is now discussing how they are using proteomics in combination with the genomic data to try and ID various cellulosome components


  3. He is saying the most important chemical reaction on the planet is plants converting CO2 into sugar. I disagree. Yeast converting sugar into alcohol is much more important –He is now saying some convincing things about algae being important … He says genetic engineering will have to be used on the algae since he does not have 7000 years to sort it out –


  4. I have had my computer compromised — sneaky prankster(s) posted something from my laptop while we were on break (I left it out) … I cannot imagine why people would pull a prank on me … pranks are very very bad things


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