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Metagenomics: Uncovering the Microbial World

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Microbes make up more than 60 percent of earth’s biomass. They govern global chemical cycles and play vital roles in our health. Yet earth’s microscopic inhabitants remain largely unknown to us. A new generation of faster DNA-sequencing technologies is enabling researchers to study this vast, untapped resource. Cataloguing microbial genes could revolutionize new fuels, help us diagnose and treat disease, and monitor the health of our planet. Edward Delong, MIT Alan Dobson, University College Cork George Weinstock, Baylor College of Medicine Emily Singer, MIT Technology Review

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May 8, 2017

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