This Week in Nature

In Nature Biotechnology this week, a Stanford University team reports on the use of next-generation sequencing to study bacterial diversity in gut microbiomes. The team used a long-read sequencing approach called TruSeq Synthetic Long-Read sequencing, combining it with computational tools for metagenomic long-read assembly. They identified 178 bacterial species, including 51 that were previously uncharacterized, and discovered greater-than-expected diversity within microbial strains.

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