Get your favorite microbial genome sequenced, for free, by DOE-JGI

Just got this email from Barny Whitman:

Genomic Sequencing of Prokaryotic Type Strains
The Community Sequencing Program (CSP) Microbial Quarterly call of the DOE Joint Genomes Institute provides a great opportunity to obtain draft genomic sequences of the type strains of bacterial and archaeal species.  The type strains may also include proposed species prior to publication. Type strains relevant to DOE mission areas, such as bioenergy, biogeochemistry, bioremediation, carbon cycling, and phylogenetic diversity are of special interest, but other type strains are also considered.  However, strains of human pathogens and human associated species are not eligible.  Proposals for genome sequencing of type strains can be submitted through the CSP Microbial Quarterly call, whose deadline is September 11, 2012, with approval usually being completed within one month.  Up to 12 strains can be included in each proposal.  Proposals for larger numbers of strains need to be submitted to the CSP annual call in the spring.

Proposals may be completed on-line at:  You will need to register and sign in to this server.  Once on the server, follow the links to the “CSP Quarterly Microbial, bacterial and archaeal isolates and single cells”.  All strains will have to have been deposited in a culture collection, including proposed type strains prior to publication. If a culture collection ID is not available, you can attach a copy of the Certification of Availability. Once approved, you will need to provide 5-10 µg of high molecular weight DNA for a Minimal Draft genome.

For questions, contact Barny Whitman, University of Georgia (

This is an incredible opportunity. Do not pass this up.

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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