The Department of Energy’s Office of Science (SC), through the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program, develops the knowledge needed to identify, understand, anticipate, and mitigate the long-term health and environmental consequences of energy production, development, and use. As the founder of the Human Genome Project in 1986, BER continues to play a major role in biotechnology research and also invests in basic research on global climate change and environmental remediation. DOE's Genomes to Life program will use this new genomic data and high-throughput technologies to explore the amazingly diverse natural capabilities found in microbes. This research will play an important role in helping solve DOE’s mission challenges in energy production and environmental cleanup.
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