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Fitting the niche by genomic adaptation


Studying microbial genomics has shown that the genomes of bacteria are extremely dynamic in evolutionary terms. Many research groups have linked the adaptation of an organism to a niche to large changes in genome size and content. A number of recent papers have underlined the degree to which the genomes of different organisms are a reflection of the opportunities and constraints imposed by their chosen niche.

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Thomson, N., Bentley, S., Holden, M. et al. Fitting the niche by genomic adaptation. Nat Rev Microbiol 1, 92–93 (2003).

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