It was definitely interesting to review someone else’s writing. I have obviously done it before in other classes, and I’ve always found that it was ultimately beneficial for my own writing. For example, I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of things that I could include in the background section of my proposal, but after seeing two other proposals, I was able to identify what I would have liked to see in their writing, and I can apply that to my own. One of them lacked (in my personal opinion) an adequate amount of scientific explanation as to why their proposed treatment would be feasible, and when I looked back at my own proposal, I found the same issue with it. I found one of the proposals particularly well done because of the amount of explanation they included, so I’m definitely going to try to do the same thing.
Microbial populations are microbes that are all the same species living in a given area. In an attempt to connect this to the high-throughput sequencing stuff we are going over, I suppose that all the microbes in a given population will have the same 16S sequences (and therefore the same V4 hyper-variable region). Microbial populations differ from microbial communities in that communities are whatever microbes, no matter the species, that live in a given area. The community is impacted by how the microbes all interact with each other. In a microbial community, if you sequenced the 16S genes (like we plan to in lab), then you would get all sorts of different sequences (I think).