Science Society Seminars: Unraveling the hidden microbial world of the River Cam

Puntseq team collecting samples from a punt
Lara Urban Wolfson College PhD student and European Bioinformatics Institute
Date 09/11/2018 at 17.45 - 09/11/2018 at 19.15 Where Gatsby Room, Chancellor's Centre, Wolfson College
Puntseq team collecting samples from a punt

Cambridge rowers, swimmers and punters regularly obtain serious infections from the river Cam’s water. An information and research framework that targets the involved microbial culprits is still lacking. The PuntSeq team will provide an in-depth resolution of the Cam’s microbial and pathogenic landscape by using the Oxford Nanopore MinION to sequence all DNA extracted from the river’s water.

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Humanities Society - The Anglosphere Tradition in British Politics

27/11/2018 at 17.45

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Science Society Seminar: There be monsters: adaptations in Antarctic marine animal

30/11/2018 at 17.45
Professor Lloyd PEck and Adam Rutherford

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