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|Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:36 pm Post subject: WCG - the new subproject Uncovering Genome Mysteries
|As we approach our 10th anniversary and celebrate a decade of discovery, help power the search for nature's superpowers that could help solve global issues like hunger, pollution and disease.
From the realization that the Penicillium fungus kills germs, to the discovery of bacteria that eat oil spills and the identification of aspirin in willow tree bark, a better understanding of the natural world has resulted in many improvements to human health, welfare, agriculture and industry. This makes perfect sense: millions of organisms have already adapted over billions of years to nearly every condition imaginable, and by understanding how they've done so, we can perhaps use their strengths to benefit humankind...
...Uncovering Genome Mysteries will create and publish a database of protein sequence comparison information for all scientists to reference.
Once published, these results should help scientists with the following tasks:
• Discovering new protein functions and augmenting knowledge about biochemical processes in general
• Identifying how organisms interact with each other and the environment
• Documenting the current baseline microbial diversity, allowing a better understanding of how microorganisms change under environmental stresses, such as climate change
• Understanding and modeling complex microbial systems
In addition, a better understanding of these organisms and their proteins and enzymes will likely be useful in developing new medicines, harnessing new sources of renewable energy, improving nutrition, cleaning the environment, creating green industrial processes and many other advances....
More at http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/research/ugm1/overview.do