Entries by jmorgan

The Challenges of Traditional Cultivation Workflows

Microbiome research could produce an incredible array of products: from novel antibiotics and other drugs, to feed additives for cattle, chickens and swine, to industrial chemicals, to…The list of applications is virtually endless. These opportunities are incredibly attractive, but there’s a problem that’s slowing us down. Most microbes are difficult to isolate and cultivate. Traditional […]

DOE Awards $1.5 Million Grant For Algae Biofuel Production

On December 14, 2017, General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a three year $3.5 million grant to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae.  LLNL and GALT will collaborate on the project, which also aims to reduce wasted byproducts of photosynthesis by targeting […]

General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) Partners with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to Improve Biofuel Production

New $1.5 million DOE grant will utilize GALT’s novel high throughput microbiome research platform to improve algal biofuel growth through microbiome engineering SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 14, 2017 – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a 3 year $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the growth and efficiency […]

What We are Missing

Movie trailers can tell us a lot about a film. But they’re only two minutes, and only give enough information to pique our interest. That’s kind of where we are in microbiology. We know there are lots and lots of interesting microbes out in the world: in our guts, on our skin, in the soil […]

We are not Alone

As science becomes more sophisticated, we learn that some things we thought were inconsequential are actually quite important. “Junk” DNA is a perfect example. It’s doing a lot more than we previously suspected. The same is true of the microbiome. Over the years, our understanding has evolved from not being particularly concerned either way, to […]