How to classify microorganisms in a DNA database

Byron Vickers, a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the founders of the DNA microorganism database, which he created to help scientists study microorganisms that can live in the lab.Vickers and his team have developed a method for determining which microorganisms live on different surfaces and to identify those that can survive in different environments.The […]

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How to use a ‘microbial’ list to predict influenza in your home

Researchers have found a way to identify microorganisms that can help you avoid the flu.A list of microbes that could be present in the air is one method of testing the safety of a home, and scientists have long used a bacterial test to do so.This article explains how to use this technique in a lab setting, how to determine […]

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