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GI genomes

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This month's Genome Watch delves deep into the human gastrointestinal tract, describing the genome sequences of two major constituents of the gut microflora: Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is both commercially and medically important for its role as a probiotic, and Bacteroides fragilis, which, although a major constituent of the natural gut flora, is also an opportunistic pathogen that can cause an array of infections.

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Lactobacillus acidophilus strain NCFM

Bacteroides fragilis strain YCH46

Bacteroides fragilis strain NCTC 9343

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The Pathogen Sequencing Unit

Kitasato University Microbial Genome Projects

Lactobacillus acidophilus genome project

Lactic acid bacteria genome consortium

Virtual Museum of Bacteria – Bacteroides

Virtual Museum of Bacteria – Lactobacillus

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Cerdeño-Tárraga, A., Claesson, M., Sebaihia, M. et al. GI genomes. Nat Rev Microbiol 3, 368–369 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrmicro1153

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