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Isolating virus particles is important for accurate genomic sequencing, which in turn enables study of mutation rates and determination of hotspots, locations in the genome where mutations occur at higher rates: “Sorting individual viral particles makes it possible to identify and sequence the genomes of viruses one by one,” states Òscar Fornàs, head of ...


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2019-NCoV was first cultured by a Chinese group, as published here on January 24. China has not shared samples, but did share sequencing data in the linked paper and via GISAID. The Australian group at the Doherty Institute hasn't published yet, but did put out a press release today (January 29), and appears to be the first group outside of China to have ...


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One way to identify mechanisms by which the body tames the microbes in the mouth is to observe what happens when those mechanisms are impaired: Deviation from symbiosis among the bacterial community leads to “dysbiosis”, a state of community disturbance. Dysbiosis occurs due to many confounding factors that predispose a shift in the composition and ...


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If you are asking whether some bacteria are parasites, then absolutely yes. I think this is absolutely clear and evident to any and all biologists and would require no discussion. I could expand with some examples, but they would not be very representative of the incredible diversity of parasitic bacteria. Parasitism Many bacteria parasitize and live ...


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