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Geoffrey Hannigan, PhD
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A Model for Phage Communication and the Implications for the Human Microbiome
The research group prepared two types of media to test phage infection efficacy. Well we took a bit of a break these past couple of weeks, but we are back for the new year! Welcome to the Prophage blog 2017! The year has actually been off to a good start, w...

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How to Write a Manuscript Submission Cover Letter
The communication of our research findings is a foundational pillar to our careers as scientists. One of the most common ways we scientists share information is by publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals. This primary method of information dissemination...

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Summary of the 2016 International Human Microbiome Congress
Kicking off the IHMC meeting for 2016. This week I had the privilege of attending the 2016 International Human Microbiome Congress which was hosted in Houston, Texas in the United States. The goal of this recurring meeting is to get the worldwide human micr...

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Global Online Office Hours
Global online office hours will be held monthly through Google Chat. Interest in the microbiome has continued to skyrocket. It seems like there is a new microbiome commercialization strategy everyday, and more and more scientists are looking to incorporate ...

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A New Look At Irritable Bowel Disease and Viruses: The Core Human "Phageome"
An illustration of the core protein clusters (PCs; groups of similar genes) found in the photic and aphotic zones of the ocean. This new study applies a similar approach using phage genomes instead of genes. Source Ongoing research has continued to implicat...

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How to Detect Circular Virus Genomes from Metagenomes
Many virus genomes are circular, like the olympic rings. When analyzing virus metagenomic data, we often find it helpful to identify contigs that represent complete circular genomes [1,2]. In addition to offering biological information, this is used as a qu...

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Improving Human Virome Studies: Updates to Virus Classification
The proposed phage proteomic tree by Rohwer and Edwards . Taxonomy is an important aspect of microbiome research. Whether we are studying communities of bacteria, viruses, or other microbes, there are benefits to labeling microbes. Taxonomic names immediate...

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Antibiotics, Birth, and the Microbiome: A Personal Experience
The new addition to our family! Well July has shaped up to be an incredible month. In addition to working on some cool projects whose results you will be seeing in the near future, my wife delivered our first child. Her name is Clara and we are very excited...

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The Up-And-Coming Bioinformatics Language: A First Look At Julia
Programming is a dynamic field that transitions from one language to another over the years. A classic example is the transition to Perl, which then transitioned into Python. The R language has also exploded in recent years, and all of these languages are u...

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Tips For Getting The Optimal Postdoc
So you've been in grad school for a while, you've published some cool papers, and you are ready to graduate with your PhD and take the next step in your career. For many, this means pursuing a postdoc . But how do you get started, and what should you be thi...
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