I'm a freelance science communicator, formerly a Postdoc in the biofilm field. I'm interested in how bacteria cause disease and look to technology to produce novel tools to study and ultimately prevent infection.
I'm really looking forward to the day when sequencers like MinION are as ubiquitous as PCR machines on the lab bench. I think as long as we have good databases for depositing data like this the fact that so many people have access will help with reproducibility.
Thanks for filming this George (and for starring Elisabeth Bik). For those who could not attend like me, it really helps to understand what went on.
Great story - it's nice to see what goes into making a paper. The work is obviously really interesting to find out more about disease epidemics in the past. Is there anyway that these techniques can be used to model the spread of diseases today? I know there are lots of differences, especially with the we travel, but there is some value in being able accurately study a disease epidemic that has run it's course.
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