- Whole genome resequencing of experimental populations reveals polygenic basis of egg size variation in Drosophila melanogaster
- Nfkb1 is a haploinsufficient DNA damage-specific tumor suppressor
- Potential contribution of anammox to nitrogen loss from paddy soils in Southern China
- Metagenomes from two microbial consortia associated with Santa Barbara seep oil
- Our unique microbial identity
- Forensic analysis of the microbiome of phones and shoes
- Zodiac: A Comprehensive Depiction of Genetic Interactions in Cancer by Integrating TCGA Data
- Satellite remote sensing data can be used to model marine microbial metabolite turnover
IGSB’s Jack Gilbert is the Filed Museum’s newest Research Associate. This appointment is the latest collaboration between the Filed museum and IGSB. Over the past 4 years Jack has been developing research collaborations with scientists at the Filed museum to study the microbiome of Ants and Birds.
In a recently published letter to Nature Biotechnology, Lixia Yao, IGSB core faculty Andrey Rzhetsky and colleagues dissect the decisions made in funding choices. His team compares these choices by funding agencies to trades in a financial market. In this communication, they expand on the idea that there exists an imbalance between health needs and biomedical research investment.
Looking Closer at the Role of Microbiome: Jack Gilbert and Colleagues Study Bacteria’s Broad Influence
"...In fact, it’s beneficial. It helps train your immune system.” Your body wants it there, needs it there, has evolved to live with it. “It’s a natural part of your gut’s flora, your ecosystem.”
In a study soon to appear in print in the journal Science, IGSB faculty Mike Rust and his team show how the highly unusual movements of a single protein drives the shift from nighttime to daytime biological functions in cyanobacteria.
The circadian clock drives powerful rhythms of rest and activity with your internal clock synchronized with local time. At night, you feel tired and in the morning, you feel ready to take on the world. You get jet lag when your clock — and therefore physiology and metabolism — are out of sync with your environment.
Do building materials affect how bacteria behave? That’s what Jack Gilbert, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Chicago, is investigating. He examines the metabolism of specific microbes under different indoor conditions. He’ll spray bacteria onto a variety of materials, such as steel, wood, and copper, looking for changes in their growth and proliferation, and he’ll adjust certain environmental variables, such as temperature and humidity—things humans like to control.