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Bacterial viruses, more than just a proxy for the microbiome

Attempts to study the viruses of the human microbiome (virome) have followed a similar path to the study of the microbiome itself – although with a time lag due to the additional complexities of studying viruses. First, there was an … Continue reading

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Using Strain-Level Analyses to Understand Maternal Seeding of the Microbiome

The infant gut is rapidly colonized by microbes shortly after birth and the community that is established in early life may shape later gut microbial populations. The vertical transmission of bacteria from mother to infant at birth plays an important … Continue reading

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Are we studying the ecology of molecules rather than of microbes?

This week’s journal club paper was the focus of an mBio editorial entitled “In Nature, There Is Only Diversity” that discusses the abstraction of biological concepts such as microbial species and strain by marker gene sequencing and the operational taxonomic … Continue reading

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Human Microbiome working group 2018

The Microbiome Working Group has moved back to Tuesdays! This is a weekly, drop-in, work/discussion hour that aims to bring microbiome researchers together –  independent of sample type, laboratory, or skill level. This isn’t a meeting and there are no presentations. This … Continue reading

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2in1: Assembly benchmarking and evaluation

The numbers of metagenomics studies are exponentially increasing in recent years. Because we lack comprehensive microbial genome databases for most environments, the microbiome field is moving towards de novo metagenomics, using reference-independent techniques to assemble putative genes and in silico refinement of … Continue reading

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Can the development of the gut microbiome of infants impact their future health?

Researchers from the University of Alberta have investigated factors which contribute to the deviation of a normal infant gut microbiome and how these deviated gut microbiomes may have the ability to predict future health including food allergies. Significance analysis of … Continue reading

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Reminder: HMJC This Week!

Just a little reminder that the Human Microbiome Journal Club is meeting, unusually, this week! We’ll be discussing Gloor & Reid and compositional data analysis in HSC 3N10A at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 15. Check out the original post … Continue reading

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September journal club moved to Friday, September 15

Please note that the September Human Microbiome Journal Club has been rescheduled to Friday, September 15 at 3 p.m.

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September 15: Gloor & Reid’s Compositional Data Analysis

This month’s Human Microbiome Journal Club has been cancelled due to an outbreak of vacationitis, but we will resume next month on Friday, September 15 at 3 p.m. in HSC 3N10A. At the end of September, we’ll be discussing Gloor … Continue reading

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The Microbiome and Longevity: How gut microbes may impact lifespan

In recent years, the microbiome has been recognized as a major factor affecting the functioning of host organisms, influencing both health and disease. At the same time, aging research has provided many possible interventional strategies aimed at extending the human … Continue reading

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