QFAB’s hand in UQ group's Nature paper

QFAB provided bioinformatics expertise and computational resources to a UQ group that published a ground-breaking paper in Nature Biotechnology last month. 

Bacterial classification has been given a complete makeover by the UQ research team, using an evolutionary tree based on genome sequences.

The study, led by Professor Philip Hugenholtz from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, relied on a technique called metagenomics, where bacterial genomes are obtained straight from environmental samples, to create a more complete picture of the structure (known scientifically as taxonomy) of the bacterial kingdom.

One of the paper’s authors, Pierre Chaumeil, initially worked on the project as an embedded QFAB bioinformatician in the Hugenholtz team to develop some of the project’s analysis pipelines. Pierre then joined the Hugenholtz team full-time.

QFAB also provided the project with computational resources, including its large-memory virtual machine.
Read more about the Hugenholtz team’s research in UQ News.

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