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Microbes are key to the next generation of transformative molecular biology discoveries.

Many antibiotics, enzymes, drugs, and research tools like CRISPR-Cas9 are the repurposed natural products of microbes. To discover novel molecules and products, the IGI gathers genetic information from thousands of previously unknown bacteria and archaea. In parallel, we are developing revolutionary ways to directly manipulate individual genomes within the human gut microbiome to better understand and control the impact of microbes on our health.


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Key Goals

Identify and study previously unexplored microbes
Develop new ways to fight microbes that harm humans and crops
Build tools for understanding and engineering microbiomes

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