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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

Fine-scale differentiation between Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus group signatures in metagenome shotgun data

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Lesley Hoyles –– Highlights the need for careful analyses of metagenomic data when looking at closely related bacteria, and proposes a way of dealing with this. Applicable to metagenomic studies across a range of ecological niches.
Multi-omic profiling to assess the effect of iron starvation in Streptococcus pneumoniae TIGR4

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Luciana Leite –– Multi-omics is a technique that can be applied to several fields.
Porcine rotavirus C in pigs with gastroenteritis on Thai swine farms, 2011–2016

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Fernando Spilki –– This may of interest for those dealing with the epidemiology of rotaviral infections in swine.
Translating genomics into practice for real-time surveillance and response to carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: evidence from a complex multi-institutional KPC outbreak

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Nicholas Loman –– This is a really well worked example of how whole genome sequencing is transforming public health surveillance of infectious diseases.
A microbial survey of the International Space Station (ISS)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joël Mossong –– This is an interesting article on the microbial contamination of an unusual habitat in space, the international space station.
Distinct patterns in the gut microbiota after surgical or medical therapy in obese patients

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jie Liu –– This is a hot topic addressing an important question.
Sponge exhalent seawater contains a unique chemical profile of dissolved organic matter

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The importance of DOM in coral reef ecosystems is just beginning to be appreciated -- this paper is on the leading edge in this research area.
A retrospective study detects a novel variant of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in England in archived material from the year 2000

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– This paper reported retrospective analysis of archived material from one of the last confirmed cases in England in the year 2000 demonstrated the previous existence of a very diverse PED virus strain. Authors suggested that further investigation of PED archived material from Europe and elsewhere established the degree of heterogeneity of historic PEDV strains and filled sequence data.
VSEARCH: a versatile open source tool for metagenomics

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Potential applications span many disparate fields of science.
Validation of picogram- and femtogram-input DNA libraries for microscale metagenomics

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Hauke Smidt –– The method described here allows to probe the metagenomes of low-biomass ecosystems at significantly reduced bias.

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New paper by @rpetit3 with @jose_sandeep @jamesmhogan @mezewudo Bacillus anthracis identification in shotgun metagenome data using k-mers. taking into account lethal toxin gene presence and false positives from close relatives https://t.co/M6huJiFUxP via @thePeerJ

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At last! VSEARCH is here https://t.co/LerRP1DBVV via @thePeerJ

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Our paper on WGS to inform the public health response to a complex state-wide KPC outbreak in @thePeerJ https://t.co/AGHHHEJcCz with @BenjaminHowden @tstinear @torstenseemann and many others

A microbial survey of the ISS. https://t.co/DMdgTYuwLi via @thePeerJ

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