Adopt a GEBA genome program for education – from the DOE/JGI

The DOE Joint Genome Institute’s Education Program is providing opportunities for colleges and universities across the country to “adopt” bacterial genomes, such as those sequenced as part of the “Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea” (GEBA project), for analysis. This “Adopt a GEBA Genome” Education Program makes available a selection of recently sequenced genomes for use in undergraduate courses. The organisms ideally provide a unifying thread for concepts across the life sciences curriculum. For example, students can analyze the six open reading frames for a given fragment of DNA, compare the results of various gene calling algorithms, assign function by sequence homology, and use gene ortholog neighborhoods for comparative genomics and annotate biochemical pathways, while learning the underlying biological concepts in a variety of science courses.

For more information, and to apply for the November 2, 2009 deadline, see:

For more on the GEBA project, which I am coordinating, see a video of a talk I gave about it at the JGI User meeting. Slides from that talk are on slideshare here.

Data fro the GEBA project is available at a dedicated IMG site here.

A much much much older talk, from when we just started the project is here:

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

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