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Gut Microbiome analysis – Getting it right

The cascade of new discoveries relating health and disease to our gut microbiome has spurred the notion that we now find ourselves in the middle of a “microbiome revolution”. Just to mention some recent examples, mechanisms have been demonstrated for gut bacteria contributing to Parkinson’s disease,[1] determining response to immune checkpoint inhibitor cancer therapy,[2] and even autistic behavior when fecal material from autistic children was transplanted into mice.[3]

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Utilising Machine Learning Models to transform Plant Genomics

A lot of machine learning is used in technology such as Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, or to get rid of spam in your email inbox. Deep learning and rapid development of this technology enables us to solve image classification problems – e.g. “does this picture contain a dog or a cat?”. Also, artificial intelligence is set to soon replace many human jobs – in the darkest views, it might even pose an existential threat to the human race.

What repercussions do these developments have for genome-related research and in particular plant genomics?

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Major resistance genes in cereals

Cereal crops, such as wheat, maize, rice, barley, sorghum and millets, account for more than half of the global harvest and provide staple foods around the world.

However, viruses, bacteria, water moulds and fungi can limit access to nutrients, reduce yields and can even cause entire crops to fail. Some diseases can also produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. To protect food security, identifying disease resistant genes is crucial.

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The Development of New Therapies in Skin Microbiome: The Ultimate Reward

We spoke to Lindsay Kalan, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison about wound healing, the similarities between gut and skin microbiome and what the future holds for the development of new therapies.

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