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Metabolic labeling puts the microbiome under the microscope

Seven years after the launch of the Human Microbiome Project, we still lack sufficient tools to visualize the microbiome in a living host. A new study provides experimental tools to label and track live anaerobic bacteria in the microbial communities in the mouse gut and beyond.

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Figure 1: Geva-Zatorsky et al.6 developed a general strategy to label anaerobic microbes for real-time imaging of microbial communities.


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Britton, G., Faith, J. Metabolic labeling puts the microbiome under the microscope. Nat Med 21, 977–978 (2015).

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