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Identifying horizontally acquired elements in bacterial genomes

Contributed by Cory Schlesener Bacterial genomes are composed of diverse genetic elements. Many of these elements are not exclusively passed down a parental lineage (vertically acquired), but can also be horizontally acquired from other bacteria of varying degrees of relatedness. As bacteria are asexual, mechanisms of horizontal transfer of genetic information provide ways to add diversity to a population. Novel genes […]

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The Equine Microbiome: A New Frontier in Veterinary Research

Contributed by Ashleigh Flores There has been growing interest in the link between the microbiota of the gut and disease mediated changes in both human and veterinary medicine. The horse gastrointestinal tract is one of the most unique displays of physiological engineering in any mammal. Horses are non-ruminant herbivores with the ability for microbial fermentation […]

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New pre-prints from Weimer Micro Lab

Pandemic dynamics of COVID-19 using epidemic stage, instantaneous reproductive number and pathogen genome identity (GENI) score: modeling molecular epidemiology Biological machine learning combined with bacterial population genomics reveals common and rare allelic variants of genes to cause disease Salmonella Enhances Osteogenic Differentiation in Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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Biorkiv first

Contributed by DJ Bandoy, DVM Covid-19 is the name given by the World Health Organization to the severe respiratory disease due to 2019-nCOV. What is astonishing is the speed of release of preprints in Biorkiv of several studies from phylogenetics to virus pseudotyping. While public health concern triumphs over the need for peer review, uncurated […]

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Next Generation Antimicrobial Resistance Profiling Using Whole Genome Sequences

Contributed by Darwin Bandoy, DVM Antimicrobial resistance is a key issue as pathogens develop resistance due to the misuse of antimicrobials in food animals. While some countries have already banned the use of antibiotics as growth promotants, emerging economies find it difficult to implement due to numerous factors. From a monitoring point of view, large […]

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