Microbial genetics

Microbial genetics is the study of the mechanisms of heritable information in microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, viruses and some protozoa and fungi.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    The assembly of individual genomes from complex microbial communities is improved by sequencing of barcoded fragments.

    • Jacqueline Goordial
    •  & Jennifer Ronholm
    Nature Biotechnology 36, 1049-1051
  • Editorial |

    We are inviting presubmission enquiries for Articles, Perspectives and Analyses on human, animal, plant and microbial genetics and genomics from Africa, by corresponding authors living and working in African countries, with the aim of publishing an issue of the journal devoted to African genetics.

    Nature Genetics 50, 1495
  • Research Highlights |

    This study analysed the proportion of uncultured bacteria and archaea globally and found that the majority of environments are dominated by uncultured cells.

    • Ursula Hofer
  • News and Views |

    Widespread use of antibiotics in animals either as growth promoters or for metaphylaxis may drive the spread of clinically relevant drug resistance genes and pathogens. New work uncovers drug resistance gene patterns from livestock across European farms and finds a correlation with agricultural antibiotic use.

    • Timothy R. Walsh
    Nature Microbiology 3, 854-855
  • Editorial |

    Although the spotlight on CRISPR–Cas systems has shone on their immense potential as genome-editing tools, the field’s origins are rooted in the microbiology of phage–bacterium interactions. Furthering our understanding of these processes can uncover more systems and generate new reagents with revolutionary properties.