Academic Editor Commentary

Effects of preservation method on canine (Canis lupus familiaris) fecal microbiota (2018) PeerJ

Konstantinos Kormas –– Sampling and handling of samples is very crucial in -omics based studies and very often the necessary attention is not met in publiched works. Such studies are necessary... –– read more

Population structure of Neisseria gonorrhoeae based on whole genome data and its relationship with antibiotic resistance

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christine 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.
Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis by a new multiplex peptide nucleic acid fluorescence in situ hybridization method

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hauke Smidt –– Well conducted study with relevant methodological innovations important to microbial diagnostics
Diversity and ecological structure of vibrios in benthic and pelagic habitats along a latitudinal gradient in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tom Coenye –– Large-scale studies on bacterial diversity/biogeography are important to understand fundamental ecological processes.
Population expansions shared among coexisting bacterial lineages are revealed by genetic evidence

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Frederick 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.
Elaborate cellulosome architecture of Acetivibrio cellulolyticus revealed by selective screening of cohesin–dockerin interactions

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Guo-Qiang Chen –– Better understanding the cellulose utilization mechanism.
Eutrophication and the dietary promotion of sea turtle tumors

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stuart Pimm –– An important connection between terrestrial pollution and the harm it does to marine species.
Synergy as a rationale for phage therapy using phage cocktails

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tanya Parish –– An article of interest to those working with bacteriophages.
Culture-independent detection and characterisation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. africanum in sputum samples using shotgun metagenomics on a benchtop sequencer

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jonathan Eisen –– I find it uncomfortable answering these questions. I think the paper should be judged by the community after it is published.
Evidence that ebolaviruses and cuevaviruses have been diverging from marburgviruses since the Miocene

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Claus 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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Pollution linked to sea turtle cancer

Video description of the research

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