Laurel D. Crosby

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Molecular tools based on rRNA (rrn) genes are valuable techniques for the study of microbial communities. However, the presence of operon copy number heterogeneity represents a source of systematic error in community analysis. To understand the types and magnitude of such bias, four commonly used rrn-based techniques were used to perform an in silico(More)
A morphologically distinct, filamentous methanogen was isolated from hindguts of the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) (Rhinotermitidae), wherein it was part of the microbiota colonizing the hindgut wall. Individual filaments of strain RFM-3 were 0.23–0.28 μm in diameter and usually > 50 μm in length and aggregated into flocs that were(More)
Shewanella putrefaciens is a facultatively anaerobic bacterium in the gamma group of the proteobacteria, capable of utilizing a wide variety of anaerobic electron acceptors. An examination of its cytochrome content revealed the presence of a tetraheme, low-redox-potential (E'o = -233 mV), cytochrome c-type cytochrome with a molecular mass of 12,120 Da and a(More)
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is instrumental in molecular analysis of microorganisms, allowing for the selective amplification of nucleic acids directly from clinical and environmental samples. However, the principles that allow for targeted amplification of DNA become a hindrance when attempting to simultaneously discriminate and quantify complex(More)
Microdroplets are an effective platform for segregating individual cells and amplifying DNA. However, a key challenge is to recover the contents of individual droplets for downstream analysis. This paper offers a method for embedding cells in alginate microspheres and performing multiple serial operations on the isolated cells. Rhodobacter sphaeroides cells(More)
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