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Metagenomics

Ten years after the term metagenomics was coined, the approach continues to gather momentum. This culture-independent, molecular way of analysing environmental samples of cohabiting microbial populations has opened up fresh perspectives on microbiology.

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Figure 1: Timeline of sequence-based metagenomic projects showing the variety of environments sampled since 2002.
Figure 2: Gene-centric analysis.
Figure 3: Comparison of the cost and throughput of sequencing technologies.

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Hugenholtz, P., Tyson, G. Metagenomics. Nature 455, 481–483 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/455481a

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