Monthly Archives: January 2013

A pair of studies on the malnourished gut microbiome, written up in the New York Times

The Times did a write up on two recent studies of malnourished children in Malawi. One of the studies (out of Jeff Gordon’s lab) characterizes the gut microbiome of healthy and malnourished children, the effect of intervention with therapeutic foods, … Continue reading

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Performance comparison of benchtop high-throughput sequencing platforms.

Nat Biotechnol. 2012 May;30(5):434-9. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2198. Performance comparison of benchtop high-throughput sequencing platforms. Loman NJ, Misra RV, Dallman TJ, Constantinidou C, Gharbia SE, Wain J, Pallen MJ. Abstract Three benchtop high-throughput sequencing instruments are now available. The 454 GS Junior … Continue reading

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An opportunistic pathogen isolated from the gut of an obese human causes obesity in germfree mice

Is obesity contagious? Abstract: Lipopolysaccharide endotoxin is the only known bacterial product which, when subcutaneously infused into mice in its purified form, can induce obesity and insulin resistance via an inflammation-mediated pathway. Here we show that one endotoxin-producing bacterium isolated … Continue reading

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A Conserved Dedicated Olfactory Circuit for Detecting Harmful Microbes in Drosophila

Hi all, Below is the paper I mentioned at the end of journal club. I would like to lead discussion on it during next journal club. It is a really cool study that pinpoints a specific olfaction circuit used by … Continue reading

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