Dept. of Microbiology
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(2016-08-10)Increased resistances to antibiotics is a pressing problem in the world today. When new antibiotics are introduced, resistance to that antibiotic within the microbial community soon follows. One of the many contributing ...
(2016-10-14)Coevolution between microbes and their viruses influences the trajectories of these communities through gene transfer and predation. When these communities are a part of the human microbiome, these interactions can also ...
(2016-11-28)Bacteroides are a common genus of Gram negative anaerobic bacteria within the human gut. Under normal conditions, Bacteroides spp. benefit the host by breaking down complex polysaccharides. However, when the gut is ...
Characterization of an agrobacterial plasmid inducible for transfer by mannopine and evolution of the core replication and transfer functions of repabc plasmids with class i quorum-sensing and transfer systems (2016-10-07)repABC plasmids are ubiquitous in the α-proteobacteria and are important to the biology of the bacteria that harbor them for several reasons. First, they can carry large amounts of DNA, thereby conferring a wide variety ...
Population genomics of Sulfolobus islandicus: genome-wide recombination and antagonistic interactions (2016-07-15)Microbial speciation is a topic of great debate, given that bacteria and archaea are generally asexually reproducing organisms that occasionally engage in genetic transfer and recombination. With the onset of the era of ...