DOE Genomic Science Program
Genomics and Its Impact on Science and Society: The Human Genome Project and Beyond
Exploring Genomes for Energy and Environmental Applications
The Genomic Science Program (formerly Genomics:GTL) program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is using the Human Genome Project’s technological achievements to help solve our growing energy and environmental challenges.
Today, genomics is the starting point for a new
level of exploration across the life sciences. The GSP
research program uses genomic (DNA) sequences of
microbes and plants to launch large-scale investigations
into their wide-ranging biochemical capabilities
having potential applications in bioenergy and the
environment (see sidebar below). Before these biological
processes can be safely and economically
harnessed for such uses, however, they must be understood in far greater detail and in the context of
their operations within a dynamic, living organism.
To obtain this whole-systems knowledge, GSP investigates relevant plant and microbial properties on multiple levels. Starting with the DNA sequence, studies follow its expression (e.g., protein production, interactions, and regulation) in individual cells and populations of cells or organisms in ecosystems. Integrating genomic and many other data types into a computerized knowledgebase will stimulate new research strategies and insights needed for specialized applications.
GSP Investigations of Microbial and Plant Genomes
Plants for Biomass, Carbon Storage
Living in Termites:
A Potential Source of Enzymes
for Bioenergy Production
The online presentation of this publication is a special feature of the Human Genome Project Information Web site.
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