Congratulations to Dr. Gaetan Borgonie and team for capturing some amazing video footage of animal life (and some beautiful biofilms) underground! Their recently published study extends previous work by Borgonie et al. that identified a nematode, Halicephalobus mephisto, in a 1.3 km deep gold mine in South Africa. Check out some pictures of the deepest living animal life in either the paper or these articles by BBC and the Washington Post.
Last spring I taught an introductory course to metagenomics at Princeton University. I wanted to share that the lecture notes and lab exercises are now available online here. Check it out if you’re looking to learn more about metagenomics!