Tag Archives: bacteria

Sexual Selection in Bacteria?

The paper “Sexual selection in Bacteria?” with Angus Buckling and Bram Kuijper has now been published in Trends in Microbiology. This was a tough, but ultimately very rewarding paper to write. I knew a bit about sexual selection, but must … Continue reading

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SMBE 2019 Manchester

This week I attended the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution SMBE meeting held in Manchester. It was my first time at this meeting, and certainly will not be the last, as it had a very interesting programme and was … Continue reading

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Life at the Edge of Sight

At the end of last year, I intended a book presentation at the Eden Project. Although a bit late, it is definitely worth a quick blog post, as “Life at the Edge of Sight” is a must-have for anyone interested … Continue reading

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Paper out: Are pangenomes adaptive or not?

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

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Paper Out: Prokaryote genome fluidity is dependent on effective population size

Last year, I had the pleasure to host (now Dr.) Nadia Andreani from the University of Padua in Italy for a six-month visit in 2015. She did lab work on blue, food-spoiling Pseudomonas but we also did a population genomics … Continue reading

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paper out: Adaptation in Natural Microbial Populations

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

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Rates of lateral gene transfer: high but why?

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

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Is every bacterium everywhere?

I posted some excerpts from a paper in progress a while back (How many species of bacteria are there? and Bacteria vs. Animals). Here another post on the question “Is every bacterium everywhere?” (then I will stop and just link … Continue reading

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Paper out: Improvement in Staphylococcus and Bacillus strain differentiation by matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization time‐of‐flight mass spectrometry profiling by using microwave‐assisted enzymatic digestion

Quite a mouthful this title! It is in general a bit of an outlier paper for me, but I am very happy to have been involved. I have been interested in MALDI-TOF (matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization time‐of‐flight mass spectrometry) as a … Continue reading

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Bacteria vs. Animals

I mentioned a manuscript in a recent post written together with ECEHH colleague Will Stahl-Timmins on ‘The Secret Lives of Bacteria’. In this post, I wanted to highlight one of the figures from this paper highlighting the relationship between mass, … Continue reading

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