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Wrap up of #PSB17 - Pacific Symposium in Biocomputing


By: Jonathan Eisen

Just got back from the Pacific Symposium in Biocomputing. The meeting had some aspects that may be of interest to various folks. Electronic proceedings of the meeting are here. I talked in a session on functional predictions.  I was asked to do this at the last minute so I made my slides by hand. Here…

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Upcoming National Academies Study on Legionella in Drinking Water Systems


By: Jonathan Eisen

Just got this from the a representative of the National Academy of Sciences who asked me to post here. Scope of work: An ad hoc committee of The National Academies will review the state of science with respect to Legionella contamination of water systems and issue a report that addresses the following: ecology and diagnosis;…

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A must read from Reuters on the closed access world of superbug infections #terrifying


By: Jonathan Eisen

Vague rules give healthcare providers leeway in deciding when, or even whether, to report clusters of infections. And when they do, the public rarely knows. This is a really really big deal. We desperately need to be more open about antibiotic resistant bugs and any outbreaks of them.  Kudos to Reuters and Deborah J. Nelson, David Rohde,…

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Summary and talks/slides from Workshop on the Microbiome of the International Space Station


By: David Coil

[caption id="attachment_47246" align="alignright" width="300"] Public Domain Image[/caption] Just a quick post here that all the information (including slides and videos) from a really interesting CASIS sponsored workshop are online.  The topic relates to the most extreme built environment to date... the International Space Station.   The workshop was called "Exploring the Microbiome/Immunome and Disease on the…

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