Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sorcerer II GOS results in PLoS Biology

Today, PLoS Biology released a special issue which features several papers that describe the initial results of the Global Ocean Sampling Expedition of the J. Craig Venter Institute. The scientific benefits will prove to be a starting point for: future work that will attempt to utilize the power of metagenomics in developing a better understanding of how the Earth functions from an evolutionary systems perspective, as well as the provision of a new way to analyze the large scale interactions of biogeochemical and physical processes, and their relationship with climate. The other highlight, in my mind, is that the Venter Institute chose to publish the results of such an important study in an open-access journal. I will post more on how this work is being received as feedback is generated.


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