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Finding life’s missing pieces

The Uncultivated Bacteria and Archaea dataset is a foundational collection of 7,903 genomes from uncultivated microorganisms. It highlights how microbial diversity is readily recovered using current tools and existing metagenomic datasets to help piece together the tree of life.

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Fig. 1: Reconstruction of nearly 8,000 microbial genomes from a range of environments provides previously missing pieces of the tree of life.


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Solden, L.M., Wrighton, K.C. Finding life’s missing pieces. Nat Microbiol 2, 1458–1459 (2017).

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