21st Annual International Meeting on Microbial Genomes at Lake Arrowhead 9/18-22

The meeting page for the 21st Annual International Meeting on Microbial Genomes at Lake Arrowhead is now up.  This has been one of my favorite meetings for many many years (full disclosure – I am now a co-organizer and have been for the last few meetings).  Note – the meeting is NOT just about genomes – it …

PBG270 Host-Microbiome Co-evolution Week 2: Focus on Humans

I am running a journal club this quarter at UC Davis on Host Microbiome Co-evolution (see Journal Club at #UCDavis on Co-evolution of Microbiomes and Hosts for more information). It meets Mondays 12:10-1 PM. But I thought I would post here about the course and I would welcome any comments from anywhere, even if you cannot …

Evolution in urban environments

Nice story worth reading in New York Magazine by Ferris Jabr: Uptown Mice Are Different From Downtown Mice — NYMag.  It discusses some work on evolution in urban environments, including a little bit about work starting to be done on gut microbes of rodents and how they might be affected by urban life. Other things of …

Harvard Magazine covers Sloan grantee Curtis Huttenhower’s research: microbes in transportation systems

In November, 2012, Curtis Huttenhower began work (with funding from the Sloan Foundation) to examine the transmission of human-associated microbes by public transportation surfaces. An article on “Big Data” in the current issue of Harvard Magazine includes a description of Huttenhower’s work in the lead article “Why “Big Data” Is a Big Deal.” After very …

EVE 161 at #UCDavis – Lecture 4 recap – 3 or 2 domains of life?

Continuing with blog posts about my class EVE 161: DNA sequence based studies of microbial diversity. Lecture 4 was fun and a bit scary for me.  You see, I finally decided to read in detail – and cover in a course in detail –  papers that claim that there are not three domains of life.  Sure …

Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group: Call for Participants #NESCent #microBEnet

Call for participants for a meeting on Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment.  Details copied from the announcement and posted below: The Basics: We need your help. We are organizing the first working group aimed at understanding the evolutionary biology of the built environment–our bedrooms, our houses, our backyards and our cities. This working group will occur June …

microBEnet Microbiology blog of the day: Daniel Wilson’s Blog

Going through the list of Microbiology Blogs we have curated at microBEnet and going to try to feature one of them every day or so.  And just going to do this in semi-alphabetic order. Today’s blog:  Daniel Wilson’s Blog Author:  Daniel Wilson Tagline/Summary:  I am an evolutionary biologist and researcher in genetics. I work at the University …