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    Genome-wide Estimation of Evolutionary Distance and Phylogenetic Analysis of Homologous Genes
    Authors:  Meixia Zhao, Biao Zhang, Jianxin Ma and Damon Lisch, date: 12/05/2018, view: 123, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Homologous genes, including paralogs and orthologs, are genes that share sequence homologies within or between different species. Homologous genes originate from a common origin through speciation, genetic duplication or horizontal gene transfer. Estimation of the sequence divergence of homologous genes help us to understand divergence time, which ...
    Bacterial Microcolonies in Gel Beads for High-throughput Screening
    Author:  Yolanda Schaerli, date: 07/05/2018, view: 1731, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] High-throughput screening of a DNA library expressed in a bacterial population for identifying potentially rare members displaying a property of interest is a crucial step for success in many experiments such as directed evolution of proteins and synthetic circuits and deep mutational scanning to identify gain- or loss-of-function mutants.
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    Extraction and 16S rRNA Sequence Analysis of Microbiomes Associated with Rice Roots
    Authors:  Joseph Edwards, Christian Santos-Medellín and Venkatesan Sundaresan, date: 06/20/2018, view: 1878, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Plant roots associate with a wide diversity of bacteria and archaea across the root-soil spectrum. The rhizosphere microbiota, the communities of microbes in the soil adjacent to the root, can contain up to 10 billion bacterial cells per gram of soil (Raynaud and Nunan, 2014) and can play important roles for the fitness of the host plant. Subsets ...
    Single-step Precision Genome Editing in Yeast Using CRISPR-Cas9
    [Abstract] Genome modification in budding yeast has been extremely successful largely due to its highly efficient homology-directed DNA repair machinery. Several methods for modifying the yeast genome have previously been described, many of them involving at least two-steps: insertion of a selectable marker and substitution of that marker for the intended ...
    Extraction of DNA from Murine Fecal Pellets for Downstream Phylogenetic Microbiota Analysis by Next-generation Sequencing
    Authors:  Elien Eeckhout and Andy Wullaert, date: 02/05/2018, view: 2151, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mouse models are widely used to evaluate the potential impact of the gut microbial composition on health and disease. Standardized protocols for sampling and storing murine feces, as well as for extracting DNA from these fecal pellets are needed to limit experimental variation between different studies. Both efficient lysis of the microbiota and ...
    Brief Protocol for EDGE Bioinformatics: Analyzing Microbial and Metagenomic NGS Data
    [Abstract] Next-generation sequencing (NGS) offers unparalleled resolution for untargeted organism detection and characterization. However, the majority of NGS analysis programs require users to be proficient in programming and command-line interfaces. EDGE bioinformatics was developed to offer scientists with little to no bioinformatics expertise a ...
    Validating Candidate Congenital Heart Disease Genes in Drosophila
    Authors:  Jun-yi Zhu, Yulong Fu, Adam Richman and Zhe Han, date: 06/20/2017, view: 2967, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Genomic sequencing efforts can implicate large numbers of genes and de novo mutations as potential disease risk factors. A high throughput in vivo model system to validate candidate gene association with pathology is therefore useful. We present such a system employing Drosophila to validate candidate congenital heart ...
    A Method to Convert mRNA into a Guide RNA (gRNA) Library without Requiring Previous Bioinformatics Knowledge of the Organism
    Author:  Hiroshi Arakawa, date: 05/20/2017, view: 3705, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] While the diversity of species represents a diversity of special biological abilities, many of the genes that encode those special abilities in a variety of species are untouched, leaving an untapped gold mine of genetic information; however, despite current advances in genome bioinformatics, annotation of that genetic information is incomplete in ...
    Next-generation Sequencing of the DNA Virome from Fecal Samples
    Authors:  Cynthia L. Monaco and Douglas S. Kwon, date: 03/05/2017, view: 3996, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Herein we describe a detailed protocol for DNA virome analysis of low input human stool samples (Monaco et al., 2016). This protocol is divided into four main steps: 1) stool samples are pulverized to evenly distribute microbial matter; 2) stool is enriched for virus-like particles and DNA is extracted by phenol-chloroform; 3) purified ...
    Sequencing of Ebola Virus Genomes Using Nanopore Technology
    Author:  Thomas Hoenen, date: 11/05/2016, view: 4543, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Sequencing of virus genomes during disease outbreaks can provide valuable information for diagnostics, epidemiology, and evaluation of potential countermeasures. However, particularly in remote areas logistical and technical challenges can be significant. Nanopore sequencing provides an alternative to classical Sanger and next-generation ...



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