This is Science Today. The U.S. Department of Energy
has enlisted the services of the California-based
Joint Genome Institute to sequence the entire genomes
of a variety of infectious bacteria. Susan Lucas
oversees the production sequencing of seventeen
Narrator: While there are no actual pathogens on site, Lucas says twenty-one state-of-the-art sequencing machines are working round-the-clock, six days a week to sequence and assemble the fragmentary DNA of infectious bacteria.
Lucas: Right now this facility can output anywhere from 45 to 50 million base pairs a day - totaling to one billion base pairs a month, which is a third of the human genome.
Narrator: The facility is staffed by researchers from three national laboratories, which are managed by the University of California. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.