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Metagenomics is a study on the genomes from all the microbes in a particular environment as opposed to the genome from one organism taken from the environment and grown in a culture in the lab. Metagenomic studies do not produce a complete genome sequence of one organism as a single molecule but vast collections of incomplete and anonymous fragments of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). More Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) researchers are adopting metagenomic approaches to environmental science problems. A dynamic and interdisciplinary metagenomics community has developed at the international level through a two-day workshop organized by NERC and the Society for General Microbiology.

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Author(s): Field D, Joint I, Head IM, Snape J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planet Earth

Year: 2006

Issue: 2006

Pages: 24-25

ISSN (print): 1479-2605

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