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Worth a read: Annotating public fungal ITS sequences from the built environment


By: Jonathan Eisen

Definitely worth checking this out. Recent molecular studies have identified substantial fungal diversity in indoor environments. Fungi and fungal particles have been linked to a range of potentially unwanted effects in the built environment, including asthma, decay of building materials, and food spoilage. The study of the built mycobiome is hampered by a number of…

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Method of interest: precision sequencing of near full 16S rRNA genes on a MiSeq…


By: Jonathan Eisen

Definitely worth checking this one (from Burke and Darling) out if you do microbial diversity studies ... Background The bacterial 16S rRNA gene has historically been used in defining bacterial taxonomy and phylogeny. However, there are currently no high-throughput methods to sequence full-length 16S rRNA genes present in a sample with precision. Results We describe…

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Software of interest: MetaMLST: multi-locus strain-level bacterial typing from metagenomic samples


By: Jonathan Eisen

New software/tool of possible interest: Source: MetaMLST: multi-locus strain-level bacterial typing from metagenomic samples Software: http://segatalab.cibio.unitn.it/tools/metamlst/ Abstract: Metagenomic characterization of microbial communities has the potential to become a tool to identify pathogens in human samples. However, software tools able to extract strain-level typing information from metagenomic data are needed. Low-throughput molecular typing schema such as Multilocus…

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microbiology of the Built Environment session at Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meeting


By: Jonathan Eisen

microBEnet sponsored a "Microbiology of the Built Environment" session at the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meeting earlier today. The schedule for the session is below Rachel Dutton University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA “Genetics and Genomics of the Simple Microbial Communities from Cheese” Elizabeth Hénaff Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY “The Microbiome…

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