Cells can be highly motile, moving in and out of a microscope’s field of view. Understanding complex life cycles is difficult without continuous observation. To overcome this challenge, we’ve developed a 3D-printed microchamber device to confine cells for long-term visualization.
The process of deciding whether a candidate actin homolog represents a “true” actin is tricky. We propose clear and data-driven criteria to define actin that highlight the functional importance of this protein while accounting for phylogenetic diversity.
Adair Borges, Atanas Radkov, and Peter S. Thuy-Boun
Published: Dec 19, 2022
This pub details a process for phage amplification and concentration, DNA extraction, and HPLC and MS analysis of phage nucleosides. We optimized the approach with model phages known to use non-canonical nucleosides in their DNA, but plan to apply it for other phages.
seqqc is a Nextflow pipeline for quality control of short- or long-read sequencing data. It quickly assesses the quality of sequencing data so that it can be posted to a public repository before analysis for biological insights. Faster open data, faster knowledge for everyone.
The sourmash Python package produces many outputs that describe the content and similarity of sequencing data. We developed a new R package, sourmashconsumr, that lets a wider range of users easily load, analyze, and visualize those outputs in R.
Feridun Mert Celebi, Elizabeth McDaniel, and Taylor Reiter
Published: Mar 07, 2023
A workflow orchestration framework can streamline repeatable tasks and make workflows broadly usable. From several options, we chose Nextflow due to the ease of deploying across platforms, vibrant nf-core community, and ability to manage and monitor workflows with Nextflow Tower.
Adair Borges, Rachel Dutton, Elizabeth McDaniel, Taylor Reiter, and Emily C.P. Weiss
Published: Mar 11, 2023
How do you approach getting a microbiome set up in a new lab? We’re sharing protocols for how we collected, stocked, and sequenced a set of cheese rind microbiomes and generated a high-quality metagenomics resource for future computational studies.
Januka Athukoralage, Adair Borges, and Taylor Reiter
Published: Mar 14, 2023
We struggled to isolate enough phage mRNA for HPLC as we searched for new nucleoside chemistries. Ribodepleting the abundant extracted rRNA introduced contaminating DNA, and we were still left with more bacterial mRNA than phage transcripts. We suggest an alternative approach.