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Bacillus: The Dark Side vs. The Good Side

Contributed by Darwin Bandoy, DVM This particular talk by Bill Widner of Novozymes tantalized my interest as I only associate Bacillus with things a veterinarian must know to avoid, which is Bacillus anthracis, a deadly disease causing gram-positive bacteria in animals and humans particularly in ruminants. Anthrax gained notoriety recently in the US when letters post […]

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Bacillus as Expression Hosts

Contributed by Darwin Bandoy, DVM This particular talk by (Bill Widner, Ph.D., Novozymes Staff Scientist) tantalized my interest as I only associate Bacillus with things a veterinarian must know to avoid, which is Bacillus anthracis, a deadly disease causing gram-positive bacteria in animals and humans particularly in ruminants. Anthrax gained notoriety recently in the PhDUS when […]

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Insights from UC Davis Biotechnology Seminar Class MIC 292 From Discovery to Product: An Introduction to Biotechnology at the Industrial Level

Contributed by Darwin Bandoy, DVM I am completely amazed to find somebody working for the same company for more than twenty years, considering my own experience of changing employment several times within the last ten years. So Novozymes must be doing something exciting to motivate employees to stay for decades. The most exciting part for […]

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Visualizing Genomic Data

Contributed by Dr. DJ Bandoy, DVM Next-generation sequencing opened the floodgates of biological information. However, the torrential amount of data that is now becoming the challenge itself from data storage to analytical tools. This gap is now more pronounced with visualizing millions of data points as to what is meaningful and intuitive in data analysis. […]

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Thinking beyond library construction

Contributed by Carol Huang We have recently introduced a newer version of the Nanopore sequencing device, MinION MK 1B into the laboratory. It’s a portable, real-time sequencing device. The Nanopore MinION sequencing platform has great advanced features. Upon reach objectives, it can generate 10 to 20 GB DNA sequencing data from each flow cell. With […]

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Where are the receptors?

Contributed by Poyin Chen The first step in bacterial interaction with host cells is host recognition, followed by host adhesion. All of these initial interactions take place at the host cell surface; however, we have only scratched the surface of what is known about bacterial-host membrane interactions. This host recognition is usually initiated by a […]

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A new class of antimicrobial found in human mother’s milk

Contributed by Nguyet Kong A study from Vanderbilt University found that mothers milk doesn’t just give babies nutrients, but the sugars help protects them from bacterial infections, making this a new class of antimicrobial. Mother’s milk is consisting of different protein, fats, and sugars. This study has discovered that some carbohydrates possess antibacterial properties that […]

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