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In PNAS, Mark Gerstein and his colleagues describe a new method to quantify microbial metabolic pathways in metagenomics samples. Using data from the Global Ocean Survey, the researchers developed a multivariate approach to associate metabolic pathway usage to differences in the environment. They identified pathways used in energy conversion, amino acid metabolism, cofactor synthesis, and more.

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