Microbiome/Microbiology


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Microbiomes: Snoop into the microbial soup

Microbiomes, localized communities of microorganisms that exist symbiotically with their immediate environment, can be found virtually anywhere; inside the human colon, around plant roots, inside coral reefs and even within ant colonies. These little microbial microcosms are a hot topic right now. Recent studies have implicated their role in the wellbeing of people, animals, plants… Read article →



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Determining the best homogenization protocol for various soil types

As part of our research on the best practices for soil microbial DNA extraction, we collected a wide variety of samples for product development. Therefore, when we were developing the protocols for the PowerLyzer 24 Homogenizer, we developed a protocol that is applicable for the majority of the samples tested. Our previous work on homogenization and bead tubes showed… Read article →


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Tips for storing and transporting fecal samples

QIAGEN receives so many questions about DNA and RNA isolation from stool! One of the most frequently asked questions is how to store fecal samples for shipping and for further processing. Since storage conditions are a key component of DNA-based microbial community analysis methods, we will share the best methods with you. We consulted a… Read article →