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CosmosID-HUB: Microbiome

CosmosID has added a microbiome functional analysis module to its CosmosID-HUB taxonomic profiling software platform. As such, the company can offer customers both microbiome sequencing services out of its Germantown, Maryland laboratory as well as analysis of the genomic potential of microbial communities. The new module features direct links from the platform to the MetaCyc and GO terms databases; data import via direct upload; and Illumina BaseSpace and automated SRA import from NCBI with analysis speeds up to 19X faster than open-source tools. In addition, users can find an organism or gene/pathway of interest with search functions, exportable charts, and visualizations, CosmosID said.

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The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

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In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.