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Mick Watson (@BioMickWatson) is on a mission – collecting papers about bias in microbiome studies 

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So I just saw this Tweet

So I went to Mick Watson’s site and saw this:

This is my attempt to collate the literature on how easy it is to introduce bias into microbiome studies.  I hope to crowd-source papers and add them below under each category.  PLEASE GET INVOLVED…

Source: The unbearable madness of microbiome |

And I thought this might be something of interest to readers here.  The more we are all familiar with the possible sources of bias in microbiome studies the better we will all be able to design and interpret studies.

I have written about related issues here – for example see Best practices for sample processing and storage prior to microbiome DNA analysis freeze? buffer? process?. Definitely a useful thing to keep track of.




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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.