Uncovering the Microbiome, Exploring the Virome

Researchers from the University of Puerto Rico in conjunction with faculty from California Polytechnic State University have expanded the knowledge of the human microbiome of ancient cultures by characterizing endogenous retroviruses in coprolites. In today’s culture, the human microbiome has become an expanding area of research and what affects the microbiome can have on gastrointestinal conditions such […]

The Whole Picture: Total RNA Sequencing

  It is well known that scientists have been interested in studying the transcriptome of organisms since the popularization of microarrays. However, a major drawback of transcriptome analysis utilizing microarray technology is the requirement that the target of interest must already be mapped. The introduction of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has been able to provide researchers […]

Epigenetics via ChIP-Seq (Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Sequencing)

As technology progresses, so does the curiosity of scientific minds around the globe. As more and more scientists shift from traditional DNA sequencing methods to massively parallel DNA sequencing, the new discoveries are increasing at an exponential rate. Such discoveries come with the popularization of chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing or ChIP-Seq. ChIP sequencing is able to […]

#DNA on Twitter

Tweet-tweet! Nowadays, Twitter is not merely a social-network. It has become a must-read source of real-time industry news and information with regular updates, news and discussions from the leading minds of today. The advent of Twitter has allowed for folks to have real-time conversations with thought leaders across the field. An upcoming researcher in genomics […]

Microbial Communities: Microbiome, Metagenome, Microbiota

What consists of microbial communities analysis? Microbiome and microbiota explain the collective genomes of the microorganisms that inhabit an environmental niche or the microorganisms themselves. Microbiota are the microorganisms present within a particular environment. The approach to describe microbial diversity relies on analyzing the gene diversity 16S ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA) through next-generation sequencing. The […]

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