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  • The Fight Against Super Bugs

    Sep 10, 2015

    We’ve all experienced nasty infections: stomach bugs, oozing cuts, sinus infections. We usually don’t think twice about popping quick doses of antibiotics to reverse an illness’ effects rapidly. But after years of overuse and misuse of the powerful drugs, bacteria ...

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  • Cataloging the Microbes of the Mississippi River

    Feb 11, 2015

    mississippi_riverThe Mississippi River flows 2350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca in the northwest corner of Minnesota through the center of the continental United States to the Gulf of Mexico. While most of the wildlife in the river and ...

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  • A Complex Triangle: Plants, Pollinators, and Microbes

    Jan 23, 2015

    Dr. Alexander Keller, leader of the Molecular Diversity Group at Würzburg University, likens the potential ramifications of a sickened honeybee population to those of a malfunctioning public transportation system in a large city. If the buses or subways fail to ...

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  • Meet the New 16S Metagenomics App

    May 19, 2014

    BaseSpace 16S metagenomicsWe are pleased to announce the release of Illumina’s 16S Metagenomics app in BaseSpace. This app is an extension of the metagenomics workflow found in the MiSeq Reporter Software (MSR) 2.3 and 2.4. The 16S Metagenomics app provides ultra-fast taxonomic ...

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  • Investigating the Jurassic Park of the Bacterial World

    Mar 25, 2014

    There’s a lot of degraded DNA in the environment. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 tons of sedimentary DNA is released by rivers every year. The detritus is from plants and animals that have reached the end of life by ...

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  • Single-Cell Genomics and Marine Microbe Diversity

    Dec 02, 2013

    cyanobacteriaSnorkel through the warm tropical waters and you’re bound to see a wealth of sea creatures. Angelfish, blue damsels, trigger fish, Moorish idols, and if you’re lucky, a sea turtle or two. Yet, that’s just the diversity that you can ...

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  • Genetic Epidemiology with MiSeq: Tracking Influenza H7N9 in China

    Jun 24, 2013
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    In February and March of 2013, several patients in eastern China were hospitalized with severe lower respiratory tract infections, the causes of which were unknown. A previously unrecognized avian strain of influenza A virus (H7N9) was identified with these infections. ...

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  • ASM 2013, Day 3: Diversity is King

    May 22, 2013
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    Diversity was a celebrated theme, which is fitting given the wide range of phylogenetic, environmental, and morphological variation associated with microbial species. Two standout talks in the morning of the final day of ASM had me running to the convention ...

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  • ASM 2013, Day 2: Clinical Microbiology and Agricultural Metagenomics

    May 21, 2013

    grapesTo kick off the discussion about clinical microbiology, Victor Nizet from the University of California San Diego spoke about his work on virulence factors using Staphylococcus aureus. He and his colleagues noted that the structure of the golden pigment ...

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  • ASM 2013, Day 1: From Oceans to Guts

    May 20, 2013

    oceanWith about 8,000 attendees and a diverse range of microbiology-related presentations, the American Society for Microbiology 2013 General Meeting (ASM) in Denver, CO tempts attendees with so much to see in so little time. This is my first year at ...

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  • Microbes in the Mile-High City: Dispatch from the Discovery Symposium

    May 20, 2013

    DenverThis year, Illumina hosted the first Discovery Symposium for Microbial Genomics prior to the American Society for Microbiology meeting in Denver, Colorado. On a breathtakingly sunny day in the mile-high city, nine exemplary researchers discussed how next-generation sequencing, like no ...

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  • Trends from AGBT 2013: Microbiomes under the Microscope

    Feb 25, 2013
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    In addition to the increasing focus on the human genome and human diseases at the AGBT 2013 meeting, there were a few very interesting microbiome presentations. Kjersti Aagaard, Baylor College of Medicine, gave a great presentation suggesting that the ...

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  • Deciphering Next-Generation Sequencing for Microbiologists- Part One

    Sep 06, 2012

    In micro resized 600this day and age, it’s safe to assume that just about every research biologist has read a paper or two using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. NGS has revolutionized our understanding of genetic information through highly automated and accurate improvements ...

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  • Education and the NGS future- ASM wrap-up

    Jun 22, 2012

    see you next yearAs the ASM meeting wrapped up on Tuesday, I think the majority of us were so invigorated that we couldn’t wait to get back home. At the same time, I think many of us wanted to start over from Sunday ...

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  • Pangenomes, outbreaks, and more- ASM Day 2

    Jun 19, 2012

    MiSeq ASM 061712One of the challenges of ASM is figuring out which sessions you can physically attend in the limited time. Don't get me started on finding time for the posters and following all the Twitter conversations, which actually caused #asm2012 to ...

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  • Experiencing the culture and the climate at ASM- Day 1

    Jun 17, 2012

    ASM sizedIt's been a few years since I've attended, but the ASM General Meeting never fails to impress me with its size, organization, and the sheer number of interesting simultaneous sessions. This year I'm here to focus on how next-generation sequencing ...

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  • About Me

    Jun 16, 2012

    Amy pic sizedI am a scientific writer at Illumina, with over five years of experience writing for the genomics industry and ten years of microbiology laboratory experience in a number of research settings, from government to academic. In the past three years ...

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  • Hello, American Society for Microbiology!

    Jun 11, 2012

    ASM2012Welcome to our coverage of the 112th American Society of Microbiology meeting! I know I speak for all of my Illumina colleagues when I say that we are really excited to attend this meeting for the first time. We even ...

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