What’s Hot in Biology 2011? Why, the Genomic Encyclopedia paper I am senior author on #Yay?

And now back to some science. Got an email a few days ago from Nikos Kyrpides pointing to this: What’s Hot in Biology – 2011. Very cool – the paper on the “Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea” project that I coordinated (and for which I am the senior author) has been identified as the hot biology paper of November/December 2011 by “Science Watch”. Plus they have a reasonably detailed story about it “BRANCHING OUT WITH PHYLOGENETICALLY DRIVEN GENOME SEQUENCING” by Jeremy Cherfas. I note – the project was done at the DOE-Joint genome Institute and involved an enormous number of people there (I have an Adjunct Appointment there). It was done in collaboration with the DSMZ – a microbial culture collection in Germany.
The paper A phylogeny driven genomic encyclopedia of bacteria and archaea apparently has been getting a lot of citations, which I guess is how it got picked as being “hot”.

Some videos of talks or interviews about the project

Talk at DOE JGI User Meeting 2009 http://www.scivee.tv/flash/embedCast.swf

Talk at GME Meeting 2008 http://www.scivee.tv/flash/embedCast.swf

JGI Video about the project http://www.scivee.tv/flash/embedCast.swf

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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