I am running a journal club this quarter at UC Davis on Host Microbiome Co-evolution (see Journal Club at #UCDavis on Co-evolution of Microbiomes and Hosts for more information). It meets Mondays 12:10-1 PM. But I thought I would post here about the course and I would welcome any comments from anywhere, even if you cannot attend.
The papers for Monday October 8 will be on recent evolution of the human gut microbiome
- Gut microbiome of the Hadza hunter-gatherers
I found these papers to be interesting for a variety of reasons. I wrote a blog post about one of these papers and the associated
bad science reporting poorly chosen title for an article that came with it: Treponema are not “ancient” but absence from some human’s guts is very interesting. So the reporting headline was bad but the paper itself was pretty interesting.
Anyway – any thoughts on these papers would be welcome. I will post more detail once we have the meeting on Monday.
(UPDATE: In response to a comment from Ann Gibbons I have edited the article to make clear that what I did not like about her article was the headline about “ancient bacteria. Her article actually is pretty good. Sincere apologies to Ann Gibbons for this. I made the mistake of focusing on the headline and not her article. Actually many of the other headlines about this story also drove me a bit batty and I just chose this one as an example. Consider “Hunter-Gatherers Have Better Guts Than We Do“. But in the end, Ann Gibbons is right – I was sloppy here in my writing. I think I was less sloppy in my original blog post on the topic, where all I did was critique the headline. But regardless, I owe her an apology for what I wrote here).