ST. LOUIS (GenomeWeb) – Though they present challenges, metagenomic tools are enabling researchers to characterize microorganisms living in even the most extreme environments and begin to understand what role those microbes play there, according to speakers at this year's Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities meeting.

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