Using Metagenomics to Teach Biodiversity

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Using Metagenomics to Teach Biodiversity

A recent article in the Microbe, entitle “Omic Approaches in Microbial Ecology: Charting the Unknown” makes the argument that metagenomics is a powerful tool for microbial ecologist. Data from complex environmental samples have revealed unique organisms and uncultured microbes that widen our knowledge of microbial diversity [3]. Traditional isolation of microbes using culture media has provided a great deal of information yet many organisms remain uncultured which is a major limitation of this technique. With the data derived from metagenomics, microbiologists are able to reconstruct genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes of whole microbial communities [3]. Because microbes play such a key role in ecology and serve as models for evolutionary changes, it is critical that educators introduce this powerful tool to our next generation of scientist.

Citation: Jackson DW, Jackson KE (2013) Using Metagenomics to Teach Biodiversity. J Ecosys Ecograph 3:e117. doi: 10.4172/2157-7625.1000e117

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