Paper generating a lot of buzz: Nucleic acid purification from plants, animals and microbes in under 30 seconds

Well, this paper is generating a lot of buzz on social media.  Nucleic acid purification from plants, animals and microbes in under 30 seconds.  For example see Eric Topol’s Tweet about it Now this is innovative: paper dipstick extraction of DNA or RNA in < 30 seconds https://t.co/RKuLsAW7fM @PLOSBiology @UQ_News pic.twitter.com/FH1krTFYMw — Eric Topol (@EricTopol) …

New paper of interest: Unpacking factors influencing antimicrobial use in global aquaculture

This paper may be of interest: Unpacking factors influencing antimicrobial use in global aquaculture.    Henriksson, P.J.G., Rico, A., Troell, M. et al. Sustain Sci (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0511-8 Abstract: Global seafood provides almost 20% of all animal protein in diets, and aquaculture is, despite weakening trends, the fastest growing food sector worldwide. Recent increases in production have …

MoBE panel discussion-MoBE 2017

Enjoy this engaging panel discussion discussing the myth and reality of MoBE manipulation. The panel consists of Rita Colwell, Jeffrey Siegel, Ilana Brito, and Jessica Green. Moderated by Rob Knight, University of California San Diego. This was recorded at the MoBE 2017 symposium in Washington D.C. If you’re interested, check out all of the other speakers …

Incorporating quantity into microbiome analysis

In addition to thinking about appropriate statistical analyses given the compositional nature of microbiome data sets (see the previous post here), there is a related but different issue that’s back on my mind – the benefit that quantitative information would bring to research questions. My engineering colleagues in the built environment world have consistently reminded …

Microbiome Bioinformatics with QIIME 2 workshop, Feb 22-23 2018, Bethesda, MD

Members of the QIIME development group, led by Greg Caporaso, will teach a two-day workshop on bioinformatics tools for microbial ecology. The workshop will include lectures covering basic QIIME 2 usage and theory, and hands-on work with QIIME 2 to perform microbiome analysis from raw sequence data through publication-quality statistics and visualizations. This workshop will …

Nice title, nice paper: Microbiome Datasets Are Compositional: And This Is Not Optional 

This seems like it is a must read for anyone working on microbiomes: Frontiers | Microbiome Datasets Are Compositional: And This Is Not Optional | Microbiology Gloor GB, Macklaim JM, Pawlowsky-Glahn V and Egozcue JJ (2017) Microbiome Datasets Are Compositional: And This Is Not Optional. Front. Microbiol. 8:2224. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02224 Summary from the paper: Datasets …

Antibiotics Use In Livestock: A Taste of Our Own Medicine 

There is a nice article by Katherine Wu on the history of antibiotic usage in livestock that is worth a look:  A Taste of Our Own Medicine – I Contain Multitudes – Medium This is part of the HHMI/Tangled Bank Studio’s series on “I Contain Multitudes” based on Ed Yong’s book of the same name. It …