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Dr. Ruairi Robertson is a postdoctoral researcher based in Queen Mary University of London. He has 8 years of hands-on experience in microbiome research. His current work focuses on the influence of the gut microbiome on child growth and development.

Entries by Ruairi Robertson, PhD

Pharmacomicrobiomics – The role of the gut microbiome in the response to drugs

In the past 30 days, nearly half of all US children and adults will have taken a prescription drug. In fact, prescription drug use is increasing in many countries. Although microbiome research has uncovered exciting ways that your gut microbes respond to diet, less is known about their...

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16S rRNA Gene Sequencing vs. Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing

Are you a company, lab or researcher planning a new microbiome study?  If so, you are probably considering whether to conduct 16S rRNA gene sequencing or shotgun metagenomic sequencing. Although 16S rRNA gene sequencing has been more commonly used for microbiome studies to date, shotgun...

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The science behind Bill Gates’ vision: Will next-generation sequencing realistically contribute to solving the problem of child undernutrition?

In a recent lecture at the University of Cambridge, Bill Gates argued that the key to solving child malnutrition, one of the biggest global contributors to inequity, lies in deeper understanding of the gut microbiome. Much microbiome research has focussed on the influence of the gut microbiome...

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Shallow Shotgun Sequencing: A Primer

It is common for microbiome researchers to struggle over the choice between 16S sequencing or shotgun metagenome sequencing (SMS) for their study. When deciding which sequencing technique to use, it is essential to consider a number of factors including the research question, study design and...

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