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Sequencing the species pan-genome


This month's Genome Watch discusses the recent advances in sequencing technology that have allowed microbiologists to determine the genome sequences not just of individual species but also of entire genera and have allowed a view of the entire pan-bacterial genome.

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Figure 1: The bacterial pan-genome.


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Bentley, S. Sequencing the species pan-genome. Nat Rev Microbiol 7, 258–259 (2009).

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