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Current Opinion in Microbiology

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Issues per year: 6 issues
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Current Opinion in Microbiology

Current Opinion in Microbiology is a systematic review journal that aims to provide specialists with a unique and educational platform to keep up-to-date with the expanding volume of information published in the field of microbiology. It consists of 6 issues per year covering the following 11 sections, each of which is reviewed once a year:

  • Host-microbe interactions: bacteria
  • Cell regulation
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Host-microbe interactions: fungi/parasites/viruses
  • Antimicrobials
  • Microbial systems biology
  • Growth and development: eukaryotes/prokaryotes

There is also a section that changes every year to reflect hot topics in the field.

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One chromosome, one contig: Complete microbial genomes from long-read sequencing and assembly

Volume 23, Issue , 01 February 2015, Pp 110-120
Sergey Koren | Adam M. Phillippy

Targeting of plant pattern recognition receptor-triggered immunity by bacterial type-III secretion system effectors

Volume 23, Issue , 01 February 2015, Pp 14-22
Alberto P. Macho | Cyril Zipfel

Metagenomics meets time series analysis: Unraveling microbial community dynamics

Volume 25, Issue , 01 June 2015, Pp 56-66
Karoline Faust | Leo Lahti | Didier Gonze | Willem M. de Vos | Jeroen Raes

Ten years of pan-genome analyses

Volume 23, Issue , 01 February 2015, Pp 148-154
George Vernikos | Duccio Medini | David R. Riley | Hervé Tettelin

Diversity, classification and evolution of CRISPR-Cas systems

Volume 37, Issue , 01 June 2017, Pp 67-78
Eugene V. Koonin | Kira S. Makarova | Feng Zhang

Antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation: a bright new technique to kill resistant microbes

Volume 33, Issue , 01 October 2016, Pp 67-73
Michael R. Hamblin

Fusobacterium nucleatum: A commensal-turned pathogen

Volume 23, Issue , 01 February 2015, Pp 141-147
Yiping W. Han

Diagnosing oxidative stress in bacteria: not as easy as you might think

Volume 24, Issue , 01 April 2015, Pp 124-131
James A. Imlay

Bacteriophage-mediated spread of bacterial virulence genes

Volume 23, Issue , 01 February 2015, Pp 171-178
José R. Penadés | John Chen | Nuria Quiles-Puchalt | Nuria Carpena | Richard P. Novick

Hfq: The flexible RNA matchmaker

Volume 30, Issue , 01 April 2016, Pp 133-138
Taylor B. Updegrove | Aixia Zhang | Gisela Storz

Type VI secretion and anti-host effectors

Volume 29, Issue , 01 February 2016, Pp 81-93
Abderrahman Hachani | Thomas E. Wood | Alain Filloux

Regulatory small RNAs from the 3' regions of bacterial mRNAs

Volume 24, Issue , 01 April 2015, Pp 132-139
Masatoshi Miyakoshi | Yanjie Chao | Jörg Vogel

Diversity in (p)ppGpp metabolism and effectors

Volume 24, Issue , 01 April 2015, Pp 72-79
Kuanqing Liu | Alycia N. Bittner | Jue D. Wang

DNA methylation in bacteria: From the methyl group to the methylome

Volume 25, Issue , 01 June 2015, Pp 9-16
María A. Sánchez-Romero | Ignacio Cota | Josep Casadesús

Ser/Thr phosphorylation as a regulatory mechanism in bacteria

Volume 24, Issue , 01 April 2015, Pp 47-52
Jonathan Dworkin

Of guards, decoys, baits and traps: Pathogen perception in plants by type III effector sensors

Volume 29, Issue , 01 February 2016, Pp 49-55
Madiha Khan | Rajagopal Subramaniam | Darrell Desveaux

Antibiotics and the developing infant gut microbiota and resistome

Volume 27, Issue , 01 October 2015, Pp 51-56
Molly K. Gibson | Terence S. Crofts | Gautam Dantas

Metabolic interactions in microbial communities: Untangling the Gordian knot

Volume 27, Issue , 01 October 2015, Pp 37-44
Olga Ponomarova | Kiran Raosaheb Patil

Neisseria meningitidis: Pathogenesis and immunity

Volume 23, Issue , 01 February 2015, Pp 68-72
Mariagrazia Pizza | Rino Rappuoli

The advent of genome-wide association studies for bacteria

Volume 25, Issue , 01 June 2015, Pp 17-24
Peter E. Chen | B. Jesse Shapiro

Microbial pathogenesis and host defense in the nematode C. elegans

Volume 23, Issue , 01 February 2015, Pp 94-101
Lianne B. Cohen | Emily R. Troemel

Sensational biofilms: Surface sensing in bacteria

Volume 30, Issue , 01 April 2016, Pp 139-146
George A. O'Toole | Gerard C.L. Wong

Microbial individuality: how single-cell heterogeneity enables population level strategies

Volume 24, Issue , 01 April 2015, Pp 104-112
Bruno M C Martins | James C W Locke

Intracellular detection of viral nucleic acids

Volume 26, Issue , 01 August 2015, Pp 1-9
Konstantin M.J. Sparrer | Michaela U. Gack