Tagged: microbiome

Monday Micro – artificial sweeteners & a dose of bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

“Sugarcubes” by Pallbo – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. There has been quite a bit of coverage of a recent Nature paper reporting a link between artificial sweeteners and high blood glucose levels (1) – an important finding if true, as high blood glucose levels are … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #6 The importance of basic science - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 30, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. Remarkably it looks like the diminutive Kiwi is the closest living relative of the extinct elephant bird. Image source: Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Glen Stewart. The importance of basic science 1. As a scientist I actually love it when what we think … Read More

A "GoogleMAP" of Microbes - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Dec 05, 2013

This week I attended the 2013 New Zealand Institute of Chemistry conference in Wellington which was great. There were a some fantastic talks and probably the most memorable for me was a talk by Professor Pieter Dorrestein from the University of California, San Diego. The title of the talk was “A GoogleMAP”-type molecular map of microbes – from culture to … Read More

Ome'ing in on Disease - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 07, 2011

The study of disease in human beings has involved the investigation of different aspects of the human organism. By studying the human genome, scientists can look at the effect of human genes on the development of disease; studying the human proteome looks at how different proteins expressed in the body may affect the development of disease while the metabolome allows … Read More

Metagenomics-finding organisms from their genomes - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 20, 2009

Scientists are surveying the genomes found in environments, a modern way to find what micro-organisms live there. There has been an explosions of "-omics" over the last decade. Metagenomics is the moniker given to genomic, or DNA sequence, surveys of environmental samples. Basically metagenomics involves researchers collecting DNA samples from, say, the ocean, beach … Read More