Monday, November 2, 2020

The Blastocystis PubMLST database now has a new look!

Thanks to Keith Jolley and colleauges, the PubMLST site now has a new look! Why not try and visit the Blastocystis section? It's available here

The Blastocystis database has mostly been used to identify whether subtypes that are shared between humans are animals reflect the same strains or not based on intra-subtype genetic variation (allele analysis), for which is works quite well. For this purpose, you should use DNA sequences reflecting the barcode region.

 You can query a single sequence or a whole batch of sequences. On the landing page, simply press 'Typing' and then opt for 'Single sequence' or 'Batch seqeunces', depending on what you want to analyse.

It's our ambition to expand the database with more subtype alleles, since this will allow all Blastocystis researchers interested in Blastocystis epidemiology to query their barcode sequences against a curated, standardised database. However, the genetic universe of Blastocystis is rapidly expanding, so it can be difficult to keep up! 

This site works best with Sanger sequences, or, possibly, consensus sequences generated based on next-generation sequencing of the 5'-end of the SSU rRNA gene of Blastocystis; we still haven't very much experience with the latter.


 

Update on 3rd International Blastocystis Conference 2021 2-4 of June 2021

Hello!

I would like to draw your attention to updates on the 3rd International Blastocystis Conference, which is very much ON, although in the virtual format.

Please go here for information.

I really hope that you will support the conference by your presence and active participation!

"Even though we wanted to see you in person in the beautiful Chania next year, we have decided for everyone’s safety to convert the 3rd International Blastocystis Conference into a virtual conference. The conference will take place between 2nd and 4th of June 2021 and we will make sure that it will also be tailored in the various time zones."

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

EU COST grant on the Blastocystis One Health Initiative

Still there?😀

To all the readers of this blog: I hope you're well and that you, your friends and families have not been affected badly by COVID-19.

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The planning of meetings is a great challenge these days; however, I hope that we'll soon be able to update you on the 3rd International Blastocystis Conference.

Meanwhile, I'd want to update you on the fact that Dr Anastasios Tsaousis and I are still heading the development of a COST Action proposal on Blastocystis in One Health. Deadline for proposals has been extended to 13 November, 2020.

We have already secured a broad representation of countries; however, we would like to increase interdiscliplinarity even more, and so we would encourage more medical doctors and industrial partners to come forward and be part of the proposal - please contact either Anastasios or me. You can always contact us just to learn more about the call/proposal.

Thank you!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Joining forces across Europe - and beyond...

It's such a pleasure to have Dr Anastasios Tsaousis visiting these days. We are collaborating on various efforts to ensure the connection of Blastocystis research initiatives and harmonisation of wet and dry laboratory methods for detection and differentiation of Blastocystis across Europe and beyond. We started preparing a proposal for a COST action and are also thinking ahead towards the 3rd International Blastocystis Conference in Crete in 2021! We hope to help increase and further develop the International Blastocystis Network!