San Diego Science Festival -- Lunch with a Laureate -- Dr. Mario Molina

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Nobel Laureate Dr. Mario Molina has a conversation with students of Lincoln High School

Carbonated Oceans

An overload of carbon dioxide is acidifying seawater, posing a subtle but profound threat to marine invertebrates.

Towards Transparency of Computational Analyses: A Central SOP Repository

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The methodologies used to generate genome and metagenome annotations are diverse and vary between groups and laboratories. Descriptions of the annotation process are helpful in interpreting genome annotation data. Some groups have produced Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that describe the annotation process, but standards are lacking for structure and content of these descriptions. A general structure for SOP documents that are relevant to genome annotation, metagenomics, environmental...

Metagenomic Analysis of Deep Subsurface Environments Hideto Takami, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

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As a deep subsurface biosphere is thought to be the biggest biosphere in the earth, it is very interesting to know the phylogenetic and functional diversity in such environments. However, there is a little biological information for them because it is very hard to recover whole microbial community by only culture-base methods. In that sense, metagenomics is one of major useful methods to elucidate the microbial flora in unknown biosphere, which seems to be constructed by mainly unculturable...

The Environment Ontology: Linking Environmental Data

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Norman Morrison, University of Manchester Every biological specimen that is collected or sampled — whether for a museum collection, for epidemiological studies, for population studies, for ecological research, for research into evolution, biodiversity or sustainability, indeed any biological research — comes from a particular habitat where particular physical conditions prevail. How ever, at present there is no accepted semantic standard for describing the environment from which these...