Editor’s Selections: Human DNA in bacterial genomes (?), primate vaccines, and deep sea carbon cyclingFebruary 18th, 2011 Editor's Selections 4 Comments
Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He unravels viruses at virology blog.
- Human DNA sequences from the Line 1 retrotransposon have been found within the genome of the obligate human pathogen, Neisseria gonorrhoeae. But is this really an example of horizontal gene transfer, or contamination of bacterial DNA with human DNA?
- A vaccine against ebola virus is being developed to protect African great apes from elimination by the disease. But is it a good idea to immunize the apes with a live, attenuated vaccine that could revert to virulence?
- Organic carbon exiting deep water hydothermal vents is different from the carbon that goes in, because communities of microbes deep in the crust turn inorganic carbon into organic carbon. This process may represent an important source of organic carbon in the ocean.
I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.