BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

December 10, 2007
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Drs. Zhaohui Xu (right) and Paul Morris

Drs. Zhaohui Xu (right) and Paul Morris

BGSU undergraduates to pilot groundbreaking genome project

BGSU biology undergraduates will soon be contributing to the body of knowledge in genomics while they learn. BGSU has been selected as one of 12 institutions nationwide to pilot the new Microbial Genome Annotation research program through the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI).

Analysis of the genomes of microorganisms is an important new tool in understanding the biology of organisms, and with new technologies available, complete bacterial genomes can be sequenced in a matter of hours. Undergraduates will have the opportunity to computationally map the DNA of a microbe, conduct experiments to test their findings, publish their work in the worldwide online genome database—and gain valuable skills in genomics and bioinformatics.

Bowling Green will collaborate with the Department of Energy and the other 11 pilot schools, which include Michigan State University, UCLA, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of South Florida and Hiram College. “The scope of the project is to work in teams,” an important skill for young scientists to learn, said BGSU project director Dr. Zhaohui Xu, biological sciences.
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