Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Study provides first look at sperm microbiome using RNA sequencing


A new collaborative study published by a research team from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, the CReATe Fertility Centre and the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides the first in-depth look at the microbiome of human sperm utilizing RNA sequencing with sufficient sensitivity to identify contamination and pathogenic bacterial colonization.

News from Microbiome Times:

The study, “What human sperm RNA-Seq tells us about the microbiome” published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, sought to determine if human sperm RNA sequencing data could provide a sensitive method of detection of micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses and archaea compared to current methods of targeted culturing. The researchers collected 85 semen samples, isolated the sperm RNA and subjected it to RNA sequencing.

See: Microbiome Times
Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/)

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