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2013-09-03 16:23:57

Microbes found in these low life sustaining environments could elucidate origins of life on Earth LA JOLLA, Calif., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, along with collaborators from the University of Southern California (USC) and Delft University in the Netherlands, have published results from a three year study outlining the microbial diversity in The Cedars, a high pH,...

Dark Matter In The Biological Realm
2013-07-17 04:31:08

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A hot topic in astronomy is the search for dark matter - mass that seems to dominate the Universe, yet eludes our detection. Similarly, the field of biology encounters its own "dark matter" problem. Microbial dark matter, as it's called, draws its parallels from its cosmological cousin in that it is all around us, dominating this Earthly domain. Yet, it is incredibly difficult to characterize. "Microbes are the most abundant...

Light Shed On British Columbia's Unseen Biodiversity With Global Survey Of Microbial 'Dark Matter'
2013-07-16 09:12:00

University of British Columbia A landmark single-cell genomic study of microorgansims from sites across the globe is highlighting British Columbia's role as an 'oasis' of biodiversity. The findings, to be published Sunday in Nature, could also prompt scientists to redefine how the tree of life represents relationships among and between life's three domains. "British Columbia has long been recognized for its biological diversity in flora and fauna," says University of British Columbia...

2013-04-10 13:27:21

Researchers have been able to reconstruct the genome sequence of an outbreak strain of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) using metagenomics (the direct sequencing of DNA extracted from microbiologically complex samples), according to a study in the April 10 issue of JAMA, a Genomics theme issue. The findings highlight the potential of this approach to identify and characterize bacterial pathogens directly from clinical specimens without laboratory culture. "The outbreak of...

Using Microbes To Convert Heavy Metals
2012-09-30 07:22:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from University of California at Berkeley scientists could have a big impact on toxic metal clean-up at hundreds of sites around the United States and the world. Using a groundbreaking metagenomic sequencing analysis on underground microbes at a contaminated uranium mill in Colorado, the UC Berkeley research team identified 150,000 genes that were assigned to 80 different microbes that live in the soil, according to their...

2012-06-28 02:28:17

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The growing list of applications enabled by next-generation sequencing technology has allowed sequencing service providers to make inroads into new customer segments and research fields, such as cancer research, genetic disease research, metagenomics, newborn sequencing, and clinical sequencing. Researchers lacking in-house sequencing infrastructure or experience are gaining access to the latest technologies through service providers...

2012-06-18 02:28:00

PHILADELPHIA and SHENZHEN, China, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced that they have jointly initiated the 1,000 Rare Diseases Project with the aim of accelerating the discovery of genetic variants underlying rare diseases. The project will employ integrative genomic approaches and innovative analysis pipelines, laying a solid genetic foundation for future clinical...

Census Report For microbes In Healthy Humans
2012-06-13 22:13:30

Trillions of microbes inhabit the human body, occupying virtually every nook and cranny. And most of the time, this relationship is a friendly one, with microbes helping to digest food, strengthen the immune system and ward off dangerous pathogens. But despite their prominent roles, researchers have understood little about which microbes reside in specific sites of the body. Now, a consortium of some 200 U.S. scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and elsewhere...

Human Microbiome Project Exposes Battle History Between Bacteria, Viruses In Human Body
2012-06-13 19:55:49

Informatics, biology team demonstrates role of foreign DNA strands in life-supporting bacteria An Indiana University team of researchers has conducted the most in-depth and diverse genetic analysis of the defense systems that trillions of micro-organisms in the human body use to fend off viruses. The work is among a collection of 16 research papers released today by the Human Microbiome Project Consortium, a National Institutes of Health-led effort to map the normal microbial make-up of...

Map Of Bacterial Makeup Of Humans Reveals Microbial Rare Biosphere
2012-06-13 19:43:22

NIH Human Microbiome Project finds patterns of microbial diversity, distributions earlier discovered in ocean ecosystems by scientists at MBL Woods Hole The landmark publication this week of a "map" of the bacterial make-up of healthy humans has deep roots in an unexpected place: the ocean. Microbial communities that live on and in the human body, known collectively as the microbiome, are thought to have a critical role in human health and disease. Five years ago, the National...