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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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The stinky microbiome of stinky tofu

Contributed by Poyin Chen Having just returned home from a two week trip to Taiwan, my mind is still on all of the delicious Taiwanese food I am now suddenly deprived of—particularly stinky tofu. And what better way to ease back into lab work than by pondering the scientific causes behind stinky tofu’s “flavor”? Traditionally, […]

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Congratulations Narine Arabyan, PhD

Narine Arabyan finished her PhD in the Weimer Micro Lab in October 2017! She will be moving to a fantastic position as a Post-doctoral NIH Fellowship – National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) Fellow in January 2018. Narine’s dissertation was titled, “Glycan degradation, carbon starvation, and metabolism during Salmonella infection and non-culturability”. I wanted to highlight a […]

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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Contributed by Carol Huang We have recently introduced a newer version of the Nanopore sequencing device, MinION MK 1B into the laboratory.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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CLC Genomics Workbench as a Tool Next Generation Sequencing Data

Contributed by Nguyet Kong CLC Genomics Workbench was designed to assist with many different Next Generation Sequencing bioinformatics applications from RNAseq, Transcriptomics, Metagenomics, Epigenomics and de novo assembly. The CLC Genomics Workbench is a user-friendly software that is easily used by scientist in the laboratory. The software allows to set up custom genomics workflow to fast-track […]

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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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The gut, the belly, the gastrointestinal tract, the second brain?!

Contributed by Poyin Chen Our gastrointestinal (GI) tract has the largest concentration of nerves, second only to the brain. Additionally, the vagus nerve runs through our GI tract. It wasn’t until recent years that researchers began to seriously consider the impact of GI homeostasis on altered brain functions such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism. Much […]

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Streptococcus might provoke colon cancer

Contributed by Nguyet Kong In a recent PLOS paper, researchers from Texas A&M found a bacterium, Streptococcus gallolyticus might lead to colon cancer by assisting with tumor growth that might cause more cancer-related deaths. Streptococcus has been known that there is an association with cancer, but little is known about Streptococcus role in that association. […]

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