Editor rating: 7 / 10Christine Josenhans –– This article is a large body of work, which significantly expands currently available data on Neisseria gonorrhoeae genome evolution. It also includes some knowledge advance about antibiotics resistance.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Hauke Smidt –– Well conducted study with relevant methodological innovations important to microbial diagnostics
Editor rating: 7 / 10Tom Coenye –– Large-scale studies on bacterial diversity/biogeography are important to understand fundamental ecological processes.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Frederick Cohan –– This paper presents the first compelling data for population expansions in various unrelated lineages of bacteria that are free-living and not pathogens. Moreover, the timing of the population expansions appears to coincide with major known human-caused environmental changes.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Guo-Qiang Chen –– Better understanding the cellulose utilization mechanism.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Stuart Pimm –– An important connection between terrestrial pollution and the harm it does to marine species.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Tanya Parish –– An article of interest to those working with bacteriophages.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Jonathan Eisen –– I find it uncomfortable answering these questions. I think the paper should be judged by the community after it is published.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Claus Wilke –– Ebola and Marburg viruses are important human pathogens, and Ebola in particular is currently in the news due to the unprecedented epidemic in Africa. As such, an article that informs us about their respective evolutionary history (in particular, their long divergence time) will be of broad interest to many people who are following the news on Ebola.
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