Saturday, April 8, 2017

Publication Alert: High Nucleotide Resolution Study of the Skin Virome

We identified diversity generating retroelements as a
potential mechanism driving targeted genomic diversity.

A few weeks ago some colleagues and myself published a new manuscript looking at the diversity of the human skin virome. In our previous previous work, we evaluated the diversity of viruses on the skin. Other groups have looked at virus diversity at other body sites including the gut, lungs, and oral cavity. Our new paper focused on the diversity within viruses on the skin. It provided initial insight into the genomic variability associated with major viruses in the skin virome. In other words, it was a "high resolution" study of the virome.