Researchers have demonstrated that microbial signatures could be used to identify individuals involved in crimes such as burglaries, according to research presented at ASM Microbe.
In line with our focus this month on emerging technologies, we spoke to Eugene Koonin, Senior Investigator at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, about metagenomics and how it can be used to understand more about the global virome.
New research has identified growth-restoring mutations in ceftriaxone-resistant gonorrhoea strains, providing insight into this bacteria’s evolution and raising concerns over the spread of this ‘superbug’.
A peek behind the paper – Shilian Xu on the dominance of different bacterial genotypes under sublethal antibiotic pressure
In this interview, take a look behind the scenes of a recent Future Microbiology article investigating the collective resistance of different bacterial genotype populations, with authors, Shilian Xu, Jiaru Yang, Chong Yin and Xiaohua Zhao.
Although the microbiome has been implicated in many pathologies, from obesity to Alzheimer’s, in this feature, we take a closer look at the role of the microbiome in infectious diseases. Discover more in our February focus.
The Microbe Directory is a collective research effort aiming to profile over 7,000 microbes in order to provide further information for any researchers carrying out metagenomic analyses. We spoke to two of the Project Leaders, Heba Shaaban and David Westfall about the project, how it’s being used in research and how you can get involved.
The gene-editing technique CRISPR could be used to detect infections, potentially revolutionizing the detection of viruses such as HPV and Zika, according to two papers recently published in Science.
Researchers have carried out the largest genetic study of Anopheles gambiae, discovering the spread of resistance and high genetic diversity.
Scientists have explored how the viral genome affects the infectious potency of HIV; discovering that viruses have likely evolved to remove CG dinucleotides in order to avoid surveillance to mammalian defence mechanisms.
Researchers have unveiled novel pathways controlled by the multiple antibiotic resistance operon and identified new ways in which bacteria protect themselves against antibiotics.