Writing Exercise #9 – 5 Questions for Scientific Literature

5 Questions for interpreting scientific literature:  Can experiments detect differences that matter? Hange was getting at the fact that it is hard to distinguish bacterial communities. If we use 16S genes to identify the species in a bacterial community, this does not tell us all the information about the microbes present. Hange argues that closely… Continue reading Writing Exercise #9 – 5 Questions for Scientific Literature

Writing Exercise #8 – Genome Science in 1995

Reading Nowak’s commentary was definitely helpful in understanding the Fleischmann article. The Fleischmann article was hard to understand because there was a lot of context I was missing (not to mention expertise in genome sequencing). For starters I have never talked about earlier methods of genome sequencing, so the descriptions of clone-by-clone sequencing and shotgun… Continue reading Writing Exercise #8 – Genome Science in 1995

Writing Exercise #7 – Rhetorical Precis 2

(1) Adéle Mennerat, associate professor at the University of Bergen, and Ben C. Sheldon, professor at Oxford University, in their microbial ecology article on PCR contamination “How to Deal with PCR Contamination in Molecular Microbial Ecology” (2014) suggests that a new standard method of purifying PCR reagents with the endonuclease restriction enzyme Sau3AI be used.… Continue reading Writing Exercise #7 – Rhetorical Precis 2

Writing Exercise #4 – Rhetorical Precis

(1)Senior research fellow Shilpi Saikia in her article for the 6th volume of Applied Ecology and Environmental Research titled “Use of microbes from seabird faeces to evaluate heavy metal contamination in Antarctic region” (2008) asserts that different tolerances to heavy metals in gut bacteria shows an adaptive response for these communities which can also create… Continue reading Writing Exercise #4 – Rhetorical Precis

Writing Exercise #1

List as many characteristics of Microbial Populations as you can think of. How does this differ from those of Microbial Communities? Characteristics of Microbial Populations – individuals of one species in one space and time measured based on size, density, and genetic diversity, which can change over time at the population level (evolution) populations can… Continue reading Writing Exercise #1

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