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A new bioinformatic approach for discovering biologically active small molecules encoded in the human microbiome is described in Science this week. Called MetaBGC — short for metagenomic identifier of biosynthetic gene clusters — the method is based on a novel computational algorithm that detects  biosynthetic gene clusters de novo from metagenomic sequencing data.

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