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The Popular Bacteria

Nick Loman at Pathogens: Genes and Genomes compiled a list of the 50 most sequenced bacteria using NCBI's databases of complete and incomplete genome projects. Topping his list is, no surprise, Escherichia coli, followed by Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori.

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