Tahlia has just returned from the U.K. after completing an intensive course of bioinformatics on metagenomic data analysis in Cambridge, run by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). We hope that this will bring us closer to unravelling the mysteries of echidna scats (poop!) 😉
P.S. Metagenomics is where we can take all DNA from a single sample (like poo) and find out what species of organisms are in there. This could be bacteria, plants, insects or even other animals. This method has been commonly used for microbiome studies, understanding the diversity of bacteria in all sorts of environments.