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Microbiologists Need to Broaden Their Genomic Lenses, Association Says

NEW YORK, April 7 (GenomeWeb News) - The American Academy of Microbiology has some advice to microbiologists regarding genomics: Get thee into the field.

 

The association today released a report, "The Global Genome Question: Microbes as the Key to Understanding Evolution and Ecology," which says that researchers should apply genomics research in "real-world" settings, by studying microbial communities.

 

Most interactions, evolutionary processes, and biogeochemical activities in microorganisms occur at the community level and have immense impacts on human health and the planetary biosphere. Although genomic analysis of individual strains has had a significant payoff, studying microorganisms within the context of their communities can significantly accelerate progress, the report said.

 

 

 

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