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You Know Your Field Has Made It When ...

By: Jonathan Eisen

I have nothing to add to this. The Onion picks up on the recent study by Caporaso and colleagues A study that swabbed office buildings in major cities found that the bacterial profile of the swabs corresponded to their location, suggesting that cities each have their own “bacterial fingerprint.” What do you think? Source: Study:…

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Videos of talks from "Microbiomes of the Built Environment: From Research to Application"

By: Jonathan Eisen

On April 11 there was a meeting in Washington DC that was part of an effort from a new study being conducted by the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering on "Microbiomes of the Built Environment".  Videos and slides from the meeting have now been posted.  I have compiled them below. In addition, I…

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What’s in your tap water? Microbial communities across drinking water systems.

By: Melina Bautista

Guest post by Melina Bautista (@qmbautista) and Ameet J. Pinto (@watermicrobe).    The provision of safe drinking water relies primarily on disinfection as a cornerstone for pathogen control. Since its full-scale implementation in the early 20th century, it has become the standard final treatment step to inactivate microorganisms in most drinking water treatment plants around…

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International Metagenomics Project Representative? I Volunteer As Tribute!

By: Briana Pompa-Hogan

One afternoon while making my way through another DNA extraction, I was eavesdropping over the lab benches, per usual, trying to keep my mind occupied.  I overheard my project manager and another undergraduate discussing an unusual project.  “Do you want to contact the Sacramento authorities to get clearance to swab the light rail, because talking…

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The current and proposed cities contributing in the MetaSUB project.