26 bacterial genomes were sequenced by the scientists during a 3 week expedition to Line Islands, last year that lie to the South of Hawaii near the equator. 2 metagenomes were sequenced through which the DNA present in the sample was taken into account, as per an article.
Computer scientists and biologists at SDSU have been travelling to that region since last decade for collection as well as analysis of coral habitat for understanding the organisms living there, in a better way. It is also for understanding how they compete for resources and how the ecosystem of the reef is affected by their presence.
Rob Edwards, the SDSU computer scientist was bothered always as they had to wait till he was back home, before new data could be looked at for developing new hypotheses.
Edwards said that “”If only we had had that data out in the field, we could have asked those questions there and then,”. People hesitate a bit for taking half million dollar piece of equipment into the middle of Pacific, if there is no surety of it coming back.
With the San-Diego based Life Technologies, a DNA sequencer could be taken by the group. It was placed in a laundry room on MY Hanse Explorer’s lowest level, because that is the place where the rolling of the deck is minimum. 5 hours were needed by Yan Wei Lim, the Doctoral Student for calibrating, owing to seagoing conditions. Usually, the process takes around 15 minutes in a laboratory.
Edwards said that the group has plans of going back with DNA sequencer again and would be prepared better.