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Dr. Ruairi Robertson is a postdoctoral researcher based at the Institut Pasteur, Paris. He has 10 years of hands-on experience in microbiome research. His current work focuses on the influence of the early-life gut microbiome on child growth and immunity.

Entries by Ruairi Robertson, PhD

The importance of longitudinal analysis in human microbiome studies

Human microbiome research has exploded over the past decade, revealing the fascinating influence of our bodily microbes on human health and disease from gut health to skin health to brain health. To date, however, a majority of human microbiome studies have been cross-sectional, analysing...

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Optimising DNA extraction for microbiome studies

Cultivation-independent microbiome research frequently requires the study of microbial DNA via its isolation and sequencing. However, microbes can vary by size, shape and morphology making their DNA easier or more difficult to isolate. This can lead to differences in microbiome results, depending...

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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 interaction...

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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 on...

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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 cost....

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