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Are these microbes the “same”?


By: Matt Olm

There are a number of cases where determining the relationship between microbes is at the center of a research question. Are the microbes inhabiting a building the same as those inhabiting its tenants? Are the microbes in a hospital room the same as those that colonize newborn babies? Is the E. coli living on a…

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Ants as (Possible) Vectors of Bacteria in Hospital Environments


By: Jonathan Eisen

Not really sure what to think about this article:  Ants as Vectors of Bacteria in Hospital Environments. Published in the Journal of Microbiology Research and authored by Bruna Rafaela Machado Oliveira, Luciano Ferreira de Sousa, Raquel Chalá Soares, Thiago César Nascimento, Marcelo Silva Madureira, Jorge Luiz Fortuna. In a quick scan the science seems reasonable.…

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Worth a look: Special issue of @NYASAnnals on "Antimicrobial Therapeutics Reviews" 


By: Jonathan Eisen

[caption id="attachment_50403" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Figure 2 from Guthrie and Gardy 2016.[/caption]   There is a whole issue of the Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences that may be of interest.  The focus of the issue is on Antimicrobial Therapeutics Reviews. Some of the papers are freely available.  These are Resistance diagnosis and the changing…

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Training the trainers: training for teaching computational workshops


By: Jonathan Eisen

This is a great idea --  Instructor training for teaching computational workshops. From my UC Davis colleague Titus Brown. I have copied details below. As part of our Summer Institute in Data Intensive Biology, we will be running a week-long instructor training from June 18 to June 25 at the University of California, Davis. The instructor training will…

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