What’s in a name? Three Intricacies of Organism Names in NGS Data

  There’s no universal method for cataloging organisms or for converting sequencing data to taxonomic data, so careful examination of methodology, as well as the results, is needed when analyzing DNA-associated data. Three of the intricacies are discussed below: Candidatus The formal naming of organisms is determined by a set of rules called the International… Read More

Easier ID Amps Up Potential for Power-Generating Bacteria

A new process for identifying bacteria that can produce electricity has been created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Certain types of bacteria living in oxygen-deprived environments like lake bottoms and deep mines have developed a unique type of breathing. It involves excreting and pumping out electrons. This makes them capable of… Read More

Colorado River

Over-allocated: The story of the Colorado River

The Colorado River rises high into the Rocky Mountains and cuts a 2,300 kilometre course southwest to the Gulf of California. It passes through five U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and two Mexican (Baja California and Sonora) states. Its watershed extends even further, expanding to include New Mexico and Wyoming. The Colorado and… Read More