Cool: James Clemens High School-Hudson Alpha Classroom Microbiome Project

I love the idea behind this:

And see the associated story in AL.Com by Lee Roop Scientists study the microbiome – the bacteria, viruses and fungi – living in an Alabama high school.  Basically this is a partnership between Hudson Alpha and a local school on doing the microbiome of their classroom.

Though I would note – some the statements in the article are not quite accurate (e.g., “No one has ever looked at the types of bacteria that are present in a school, so this really gives insight into something that a lot of people of wondering but have never actually looked at.” and “It is one of the first examples of taking cutting-edge science and putting it into students’ hands to help them solve real-world science problems”).  But I will let these things slide here since it is great to see this happening in a high school class.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.