Posts Tagged: microbiology

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Metagenomics and microbial single cell genomics – a winning team

Deciphering the world around us – the “microbial dark matter” (1) – is a remaining challenge in environmental microbiology. Even after decades of 16S rRNA gene-based surveys, there are strong indications that the diversity of bacteria is still not exhaustively described even on high taxonomic (phylum) levels and that 16S rRNA sequences, representing novel bacterial… Read article →





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If you can’t grow it, you can’t study it. How can we sequence unculturable bacteria?

Sequencing bacteria helps us detect mutations that might be important for antibiotic resistance, virulence changes and other variations within a species. A major complication, though, is the fact that not every bacterium can be successfully grown in culture. So how can you sequence something when you can’t culture it? A recent study points to the… Read article →