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Cassava brief: the problem and the genomics approach

What keeps Mtakai Ngara and Teddy Amuge up at night? Thinking about cassava. These young, ambitious, researchers working at the International Institute for Tropical Africa (IITA) just outside Nairobi, Kenya are learning more about genomics to help breed more effective cassava to feed hungry mouths in their native Africa and further afield. To feed their

Berkeley Lab Scientists Help Define the Healthy Human Microbiome

A National Institutes of Health (NIH)-organized consortium that includes Berkeley Lab scientists has for the first time mapped the normal microbial make-up of humans. Berkeley Lab’s role in mapping the human microbiome revolves around big data, both analyzing it and making it available for scientists to use worldwide. The research will help scientists understand how our microbiome keeps us healthy. It’ll also shed light on our microbiome’s role in many diseases.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Win Four Early Career Awards

Berkeley Lab researchers have won four DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards, in the second year of the planned annual award program. The five-year, $2.5 million awards are intended to support young scientists in the formative stages of their careers. The winners were chosen from over a thousand applicants by outside scientific experts.

Integrated Microbial Genomics Reaches Out to Include Human Microbial Communities

Integrated Microbial Genomics with Microbiome Samples (IMG/M) is a powerful computational tool for understanding metagenomics, the collective genomes of communities of microorganisms. IMG/M will soon be expanded to include metagenomic data from humans, opening insights into how microbial communities in the human body maintain, threaten, or otherwise affect our health.