Monthly Archives: November 2009

The PhAnToMe Blog is out

Well, is hosted locally, as you know. However, for several reasons–including that WordPress is a more developed blogging tool that Joomla! blogs, and that maintaining and securing a blog is a nightmare–I started a PhAnToMe blog (to the world).

Why a PhAnToMe blog? We already have a set up PhAnToMe insider blog, but this one is a closed blog that is only accessible by the PhAnToMers and is mainly a developer’s blog. The PhAnToMe blog, on the other hand, is addressed to the entire world to publicize the PhAnToMe project and post specific stories about interesting phages, interesting subsystems, interesting modules, and interesting problems.

Check it soon; test it; visit it; and comment on its posts.


Phages without borders (1)

Phages are everywhere. We know this very well. But where is everywhere? Can we locate particular phages in certain ecosystems? Is there a pattern there?

This new PhAnToMe Labs tool may help us answer this question, or at least get the right questions:

1) Are cyanophages enriched in certain marine metagenomes?

2) Are enteric bacteriophages enriched in mammalian fecal samples?

3) Can we locate a certain phage entirely in one metagenome (remember the classical riddle: can one locate the same virus twice somewhere?)



Here are some examples:

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