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D. UC's Role in the Future of Metagenomic Data

Narrator: This is Science Today. The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2, is a partnership between the University of California San Diego and UC Irvine. Over a thousand researchers work on over fifty projects on the future of telecommunications and information technology. Calit2 recently launched a sophisticated science server that will enable the analysis of one of the largest data sets of marine genomics. Director Larry Smarr says this gives researchers access to the enormous biodiversity that exists genetically, in the world's oceans.

Smarr: After all, evolution has been working for four billion years on thousands of microbes at each point in the ocean to adapt to the local environment. We now have that environmental data as well as that genome data across all those species from sixty or seventy different spots in the ocean. In addition to that, we have data from different depths in the ocean and of course, this is just the beginning.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.