What We’re Reading- Aug 28, 2015

Congratulations to SNPits blogger Anna on her new paper (sub) on DNA barcoding for invasive red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Tazmania. She wrote an accompanying blog post about the paper. From Benchtop to Desktop: Important Considerations when Designing Amplicon Sequencing Workflows Amplicon sequencing (PCR and sequencing of specific target genes) using high throughput sequencing platforms…

What We’re Reading- Aug 14, 2015

Conservation Prioritization on the Cheap There are many factors that may be considered when setting conservation priorities, one of which is phylogenetic distinctiveness (which we explain here). This paper (open) argues that incomplete phylogenetic trees may be used to identify phylogentically distinct species worth of conservation effort. This goes against the current thinking that perfect…

Bison, bioinformatics and (meta)barcoding

This is my first post here since April. I’ve spent much of the last three months travelling, holidaying, workshopping and attending two conferences. I had a wonderful time in Adelaide at the Genetics Society of AustralAsia’s 2015 conference and learned about some fascinating new science at the Boden Reseach Conference on Comparative Animal Genomics. But…