DDNews

DDNews: “Culturing the unculturable”

PARIS & LONDON—Late 2017 saw Biomillenia, the developer of Smart Microbes, announce a collaboration with QIAGEN N.V. for use of the latter company’s Microbial Genomics Pro Suite to generate next-generation sequence data on microbes identified using Biomillenia’s proprietary microbiome-on-a-chip technology. Biomillenia’s approach is able to identify strains of microbes previously deemed unculturable, at what it calls “unprecedented speeds.” “The inability …

Technology Networks

Technology Networks: “Uncovering the Dark Matter of Microbiota”

Anna Macdonald writes: Isolating live bacterial species can be a difficult process, often presenting a number of challenges. As a result, a large percentage of microbes are thought to be ‘unculturable’. However, it is increasingly being realized that many of these microbes can be cultured with the use of novel growth tools and methods. We spoke to Dirk Löffert, Ph.D., …