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Belvedere Tiburon, CA, United States

In alternative embodiments, the invention provides computational algorithms, computer programs, software and other methods, systems and products of manufacture (e.g., computers, devices or apparatus) for identifying members of microbial communities, their abundance and distribution from amplicon sequence data, and comparing microbial communities and consortia. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides computer-implemented methods comprising a subset of, substantially all, or all of the steps as set forth in the flow chart of FIG.


This invention generally relates to natural gas and methylotrophic energy generation, bio-generated fuels and microbiology. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides nutrient amendments and microbial compositions, e.g., consortia, that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis, or for methylotrophic or other conversions. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides methods to develop nutrient amendments and microbial compositions that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis in a given reservoir. The invention also provides methods for the evaluation of potentially damaging biomass formation and scale precipitation resulting from the addition of nutrient amendments. In other embodiments, the invention provides methods for simulating biogas in sub-surface conditions using a computational model.


In alternative embodiments, the invention provides products of manufacture and compositions, e.g., nucleic acid probes, for use as identifying agents or indicators to detect the presence of a hydrocarbon in a sample, e.g., in marine sediments, muds, sands and the like, or in a solution, e.g., an aqueous solution, such as a production water, fresh water, underground water or seawater. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides compositions, e.g., nucleic acid probes or primers or primer pairs, for use as sensors and/or identifying agents to detect the presence of a hydrocarbon in a sample (e.g., in fresh water, underground water or seawater, or a marine mud, sand or sediment), where the presence of the hydrocarbon indicates e.g., the presence of a subsurface oil, petroleum or gas accumulation or deposit. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides compositions and methods for use as tools for offshore oil exploration activities.


This invention generally relates to natural gas and methylotrophic energy generation, bio-generated fuels and microbiology. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides nutrient amendments and microbial compositions, e.g., consortia, that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis, or for methylotrophic or other conversions. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides methods to develop nutrient amendments and microbial compositions that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis in a given reservoir. The invention also provides methods for the evaluation of potentially damaging biomass formation and scale precipitation resulting from the addition of nutrient amendments. In other embodiments, the invention provides methods for simulating biogas in sub-surface conditions using a computational model.


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Taxon Biosciences | Date: 2013-06-03

The present invention relates to methods for performing surveys of the genetic diversity of a population. The invention also relates to methods for performing genetic analyses of a population. The invention further relates to methods for the creation of databases comprising the survey information and the databases created by these methods. The invention also relates to methods for analyzing the information to correlate the presence of nucleic acid markers with desired parameters in a sample. These methods have application in the fields of geochemical exploration, agriculture, bioremediation, environmental analysis, clinical microbiology, forensic science and medicine.

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