publication . Other literature type . Article . 2008

New tools for discovering and characterizing microbial diversity

Erick Cardenas; James M. Tiedje;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2008
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
To discover and characterize microbial diversity, approaches based on new sequencing technologies, novel isolation techniques, microfluidics, and metagenomics among others are being used. These approaches have contributed to discovery of novel genes from environmental samples, to massive characterization of functional and phylogenetic genes and to isolation of members of formerly uncultured yet ubiquitous groups like Verrucomicrobia, Acidobacteria, OP10, and methanogenic Archaea. Cheaper sequencing is key in this process by making available applications that were previously restricted to big research centers, complementing previously available methodologies and ...
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free text keywords: Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computational biology, Ecology, Biology, Verrucomicrobia, biology.organism_classification, Isolation techniques, Metagenomics, Functional diversity, Phylogenetic tree, Acidobacteria, Microbial diversity, Archaea
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