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Microbial Advent Calendar 2k18 – Bad turning Good

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Yesterday was the first blog post about our "Wolbachia Special" in the Microbial Advent Calendar. Today we have a look at the other side of the story. In some cases, Wolbachia infections can be beneficial to their host. Some help the host resist viral infection, increase lifespan or fecundity while others…

Microbial Advent Calendar 2k18 – Masters of Sex

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For the first weekend of the Microbial Advent Calendar, we are doing a "Wolbachia Special"! There are so many cool things about Wolbachia that I could have run at least a whole week with one example a day. Instead, we are going to condense the awesomeness of these bacteria in…

Microbial Advent Calendar 2k18 – Nibbling Xylan

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Day six of the Microbial Advent Calendar. Today let's have a look at termites! Cool little army of wood munchers. Their secret? A whole community of microbe hidden in their tiny gut! There are more than 3000 species of termites and they almost all digest wood with a little help…

Microbial Advent Calendar 2k18 – A light in the dark

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Deep in the dark ocean we go for Day 4 of the Microbial Advent Calendar! Where the anglerfish lure prey with their bioluminescent headlight organ at the end of a modified fin! And you guessed right this organ houses a bunch of bacteria who generate the light! You find many…
Comparing genomes of 600 Helicobacter pylori
Let's compare many genomes of the same bacteria and see what comes out.

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Bio-informatic[PwD] H. pylori
November 14, 2017

[Playing with Data] 607 pylori part III: Start digging

Hello Folks, it's been a while! I thought it would be time to continue this big Helicobacter pylori genomes experiment and keep the blog going on. We left with the previous post on preparing the data for our analyses. The main next step will be re-annotating all the genomes in…