I have been interested in bacterial pan genomes for some time: apart from acquiring mutations in genes shared between strains, bacteria are able to pick up genes (via several Lateral Gene Transfer processes), duplicate genes and also lose genes. These … Continue reading
First of all a very happy 2017 to all readers. It will be my new year’s resolution to update the blog more frequently (for instance, I have not blogged about really interesting visits to Prof Haiwei Luo in Hong Kong, … Continue reading
A long time coming, but the results obtained in NERC-funded research on evolutionary benefits (or lack thereof) of bacterial transformation have now been published. The work was carried out mainly by research tech Amy McLeman, who has since started her … Continue reading
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Tagged Acinetobacter baylyi, Amy Mcleman, Angus Buckling, bacteriophage, Elze Hesse, experimental evolution, Gabriel Perron, Pawel Sierocinski, Pål Jarle Johnsen, Scientific Reports, transformation
Just out in the ISME journal, a paper on my favourite bacterium, Myxococcus xanthus. I did my PhD with Greg Velicer on this fascinating species which builds beautiful multicellular fruiting bodies that can be seen with the naked eye (click … Continue reading
A review paper by Britt Koskella (now at Berkeley) and myself recently came out ‘adaptation in natural populations’; I have lazily copied the Abstract below: Although their diversity greatly exceeds that of plants and animals, microbial organisms have historically received … Continue reading
I just had a paper out which was an enlightening experience to write. Along with three Dutch co-authors, it was mainly a collaboration with Adam Eyre-Walker at Sussex (see this previous post). The manuscript morphed from a data paper into … Continue reading