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A toolkit for microbial community editing

This month’s Genome Watch highlights recently reported methods that enable genome editing of microorganisms within phylogenetically diverse communities.

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Tringe, S.G. A toolkit for microbial community editing. Nat Rev Microbiol 20, 383 (2022).

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