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    Reference-free Association Mapping from Sequencing Reads Using k-mers
    Authors:  Zakaria Mehrab, Jaiaid Mobin, Ibrahim Asadullah Tahmid, Lior Pachter and Atif Rahman, date: 11/05/2020, view: 416, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Association mapping is the process of linking phenotypes with genotypes. In genome wide association studies (GWAS), individuals are first genotyped using microarrays or by aligning sequenced reads to reference genomes. However, both these approaches rely on reference genomes which limits their application to organisms with no or incomplete ...
    Whole-genome Identification of Transcriptional Start Sites by Differential RNA-seq in Bacteria
    Authors:  Ramón Cervantes-Rivera and Andrea Puhar, date: 09/20/2020, view: 525, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Gene transcription in bacteria often starts some nucleotides upstream of the start codon. Identifying the specific Transcriptional Start Site (TSS) is essential for genetic manipulation, as in many cases upstream of the start codon there are sequence elements that are involved in gene expression regulation. Taken into account the classical gene ...
    HoSeIn: A Workflow for Integrating Various Homology Search Results from Metagenomic and Metatranscriptomic Sequence Datasets
    Authors:  Gaston Rozadilla, Jorgelina Moreiras Clemente and Christina B. McCarthy, date: 07/20/2020, view: 716, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Data generated by metagenomic and metatranscriptomic experiments is both enormous and inherently noisy. When using taxonomy-dependent alignment-based methods to classify and label reads, the first step consists in performing homology searches against sequence databases. To obtain the most information from the samples, nucleotide sequences are ...
    Delayed Alternation Task for the Study of Spatial Working and Long Term Memory in Rats
    Authors:  Megi Hoxha and Marta Sabariego, date: 03/05/2020, view: 1673, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Memory systems can hold previously presented information for several seconds, bridging gaps between discontinuous events. It has been previously demonstrated that the hippocampus and the medial entorhinal cortex (mEC) are necessary for memory retention over delay intervals in alternation tasks. Here we describe the delayed alternation task, a ...
    ChIP-Seq from Limited Starting Material of K562 Cells and Drosophila Neuroblasts Using Tagmentation Assisted Fragmentation Approach
    Authors:  Junaid Akhtar, Piyush More and Steffen Albrecht, date: 02/20/2020, view: 1272, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chromatin immunoprecipitation is extensively used to investigate the epigenetic profile and transcription factor binding sites in the genome. However, when the starting material is limited, the conventional ChIP-Seq approach cannot be implemented. This protocol describes a method that can be used to generate the chromatin profiles from as low as ...
    Probabilistic Models for Predicting Mutational Routes to New Adaptive Phenotypes
    Authors:  Eric Libby and Peter A. Lind, date: 10/20/2019, view: 1570, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Understanding the translation of genetic variation to phenotypic variation is a fundamental problem in genetics and evolutionary biology. The introduction of new genetic variation through mutation can lead to new adaptive phenotypes, but the complexity of the genotype-to-phenotype map makes it challenging to predict the phenotypic effects of ...
    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: 3628, 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: 5080, 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: 9381, 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 ...



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