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Genomic and Cellular Complexity from Symbiotic Simplicity

09/11/2014
The more that biologists study symbiotic microorganisms and their vast influence on animals, the more nature’s networkism unfolds in a continuum at different biological scales. In this issue, Van Leuven et al. illuminate how a stable and longstanding animal-microbe mutualism increased its intergenomic network without gaining any new genomes.

Wolbachia Genome Reduction, Phage WO, and Reproductive Parasitism

08/18/2014
Abstract: Wolbachia are maternally transmitted endosymbionts that often alter their arthropod hosts’ biology to favor the success of infected females, and they may also serve as a speciation microbe driving reproductive isolation. Two of these host manipulations include killing males outright and reducing offspring survival when infected males mate with ...

Rethinking The Origin of Species: Discover Magazine Features The Speciation Microbiome Project

08/18/2014
From Discover: "Scientists have long known of the important roles played by the microbes on and in our bodies — our microbiomes. These little guys outnumber our own cells 10 to 1, and they help regulate everything from the energy we get out of food to the health of our ...

Ankyrins and Bacterial Symbionts

02/18/2014
Ankyrin (ANK) repeats are one of the most common amino acid sequence motifs that mediate interactions between proteins of myriad sizes, shapes and functions. We assess their widespread abundance in Bacteria and Archaea for the first time and demonstrate in Bacteria that lifestyle, rather than phylogenetic history, is a predictor ...

Symbiosis: A New Synthesis

12/10/2013
Darwin and the 20th century pioneers of biology would have been astonished to see the countless roles that microbes play in shaping eukaryotic life. From the origins of eukaryotic cells to pharmaceutical products, Life as we know it would be unrecognizable without microbes. Integrating microbes into all facets of the ...

Into the Hologenome Podcast

12/02/2013
Prepare for a trip down the rabbit hole as Robert Lamb and Julie Douglas lead you on a scientific journey to the very limits of human understanding. “Stuff to Blow Your Mind” examines neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and the technological advances. The link above is a podcast to: How ...

Gut microbiota and the evolution of species

12/02/2013
Science Magazine has recently published a study carried out by Dr. Robert Brucker and Dr. Seth R. Bordenstein from Vanderbilt University in Nashville (USA) that seems to provide clues reinforcing the “hologenome theory of evolution”. This research suggests that the gut microbiome may have a fundamental influence in the evolution ...

Got mom's bacteria?

08/29/2013
What types of microbes do mothers transmit to their newborns and how universal is maternal microbial transmission throughout animals, including from your mother? The sterile womb paradigm is an enduring premise in biology that human infants are born sterile. Recent studies suggest that infants incorporate an initial microbiome before birth and ...

The Gut Microbiome and The Origin of Species

07/22/2013
Excerpt from Science Now "Gut Microbes Can Split a Species"; see link above to read the Science article Here's how to create a new species. Put animals—say finches—from the same species on separate islands and let them do their thing for many, many generations. Over time, each group will adapt ...

Discover Your Inner Scientist: Wolbachia In Nashville 2013

05/03/2013
A CNN iReport about an integrative lab series known as the Wolbachia in Nashville includes area high school students from School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt with the purpose of bringing real-world scientific research on microbes into high school biology classes. Angela Eeds, director with the School for Science ...

The Hologenome: A New View of Evolution - Cover Story of New Scientist

01/14/2013
This article covers the history, pros and cons of the Hologenome Theory of Evolution with quotes from Richard Jefferson, Eugene Rosenberg, Seth Bordenstein, Jerry Coyne and others. You can access the article for free in the next 10 days by logging in to the New Scientist site. For more on ...

The Microbiology of Speciation

05/08/2012
The fields of microbial symbiosis and speciation have achieved astonishing advances during the past two decades, yet symbiosis and speciation are not commonly discussed together and can seem to be odd partners in their capacity to operate synergistically in nature. Indeed, microbial symbiosis is a process by which two or ...

Speciation's Influence on the Microbiota

01/26/2012
It is well understood that multiple factors contribute to the dynamics of the gut microbiota residing in an animal host. However, little is known about how bacterial microbiotas change during and after recent speciation events in their hosts. In this Evolution paper, Vanderbilt researchers report that incipient species share more ...

Targeted Genome Capture for Endosymbionts

03/14/2011
Scientists at Vanderbilt University have found a way to enrich for and sequence genomes of bacteria that are difficult to culture or purify because they live inside hosts with complex microbial communities. The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Genome Biology and Evolution, reports that targeted genome ...

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