Microbial genetics

Microbial genetics is the study of the mechanisms of heritable information in microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, viruses and some protozoa and fungi.

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    How viruses are related, and how they have evolved and spread over time, can be investigated using phylogenetics. Here, we set out how genomic analyses should be used during an epidemic and propose that phylogenetic insights from the early stages of an outbreak should heed all of the available epidemiological information.

    • Ch. Julián Villabona-Arenas
    • , William P. Hanage
    •  & Damien C. Tully
    Nature Microbiology 5, 876-877
  • Research Highlights |

    A study reports on the suitability of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a platform for the assembly and maintenance of diverse RNA virus genomes, including SARS-CoV-2.

    • Linda Koch
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The atmosphere has undergone extensive physico-chemical change due to anthropogenic emissions. The impact on the ecology of the atmospheric microbiome has so far not been considered. Here, we define the scope of change to the atmosphere and identify potential microbial responses.

    • Stephen D. J. Archer
    •  & Stephen B. Pointing
    Nature Microbiology 5, 229-231
  • Research Highlights |

    A large-scale single-cell genomics study of planktonic bacteria and archaea that inhabit the surface ocean broadens insights into the heterogeneity and genomic composition of this marine microbiome.

    • Linda Koch