Category Archives: technical

Right reads, wrong index? Concerns with data from Illumina’s HiSeq 4000

Commanding around a 70% share of a 1.3 billion USD market, Illumina is the major player in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. More likely than not, if you’re a molecular ecologist working with NGS data, you’ve run your samples on a … Continue reading

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Handling microbial contamination in NGS data

Until recently, I had given little thought to the potential for unwanted microbial contamination in high throughput sequence data. I suspect that if you’re a molecular ecologist who doesn’t primarily study microbes or work with ancient DNA, you’re in a … Continue reading

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A note about e-mail subscriptions

If you recieve The Molecular Ecologist by e-mail, you’re far from alone — we have almost 650 subscribers recieving e-mailed posts via the Feedburner service. (How do you know if you’re one of them? You are if you’re reading this … Continue reading

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Want to see us in your Facebook News Feed? You should probably do this one weird thing.

A whole lot of folks—875!—have “liked” the Molecular Ecologist page on Facebook, which ought to mean that all those people see new posts from the site right in their Facebook News Feed. But we’ve found that our Facebook posts are … Continue reading

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Discussion, now with Disqus

Readers may have noticed that our comments forms have changed—because we’ve installed the Disqus commenting platform for this site. (Old comments are currently being imported into the new system, which should be done within 24 hours.) Disqus offers some nice … Continue reading

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Syndication, really simple (and, how will you subscribe?)

With the recent announcement that Google Reader’s days are numbered, it’s occurred to me to clean up the options for RSS (really simple syndication) subscriptions here at The Molecular Ecologist. To that end, I’ve installed a shiny new Feedburner RSS … Continue reading

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