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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    Differences in microbial genomes can result in vastly different phenotypes and functions. Consequently, it is critical to understand the genome variations that differentiate microbial strains. Here, we discuss recent exciting advances that enable structural variant measurement, their associated phenotypes and the horizon for future discovery.

    • Matthew G. Durrant
    •  & Ami S. Bhatt
    Nature Microbiology 4, 912-913
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    Computational analysis of fungal genomes revealed that some early-branching fungi use selenocysteine, the selenium-containing amino acid, that was thought to be missing from proteins in this lineage.

    • Sergi Castellano
    Nature Microbiology 4, 726-727
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    The assembly of individual genomes from complex microbial communities is improved by sequencing of barcoded fragments.

    • Jacqueline Goordial
    •  & Jennifer Ronholm
    Nature Biotechnology 36, 1049-1051