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Tuesday, May 4 | 12-1 p.m. CDT | Free for Members

What is Junk? Is there a genetic link between microbes and animals?

Current protocols for sequencing genetic material have to run bioinformatic algorithms to accurately map each sequence to a respective genome. There is growing literature about the appearance of microbial sequences being found in sequencing data. These sequences are found by processing the unmapped reads. The conclusion of most reviews is that these unmapped reads are contaminants. If the sequences are contaminants, what is the source of this contamination? Can we rule out a genetic link to the microbial world?

Target Audience

  • Scientists;
  • Students (graduate, professional and undergraduate); and
  • Administration/leadership at presenting institution.

About the Presenter

Dr. Howard Urnovitz

Dr. Howard Urnovitz is a co-founder and CEO of FBB Biomed, a privately held medical device company developing blood and saliva tests for predicting health outcomes in patients with acute and chronic diseases. Dr. Urnovitz’s received his PhD from the University of Michigan, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and continued his work in cancer research as a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Pathology at Washington University, St. Louis, and the University of Iowa. Dr. Urnovitz received two FDA approvals for his urine test for HIV and has been granted 22 patents. Follow Dr. Urnovitz on LinkedIn

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