Metagenomics is the study of microbial communities in their original living places. Metagenome sequencing refers to sequencing the entire genomes of all microbes present in a sample in order to explore taxonomic, functional, and evolutionary aspects.

Metagenomics is microbial community genomics

What is a microbiome?

  • the complete set of microbes that live in a particular microbial ecosystem: within and on the human body (human microbiome), specific plants (grapevine microbiome), or the oceans (marine microbiome)
  • includes also the entire collection of microbial genes present in any bacteria of these microbial communities

Introduction & Literature

The Human Microbiome
PDF, Infographic and handout from the American Academy of Microbiology

How the microbiome shapes our world.
TED interview with Jonathan Eisen, Jessica Green, & Rob Knight

Microbiology: Metagenomics
by Philip Hugenholtz and Gene W. Tyson

Microbial Metagenomics: Beyond the Genome
by Jack A. Gilbert and Christopher L. Dupont

Staying Current in Bioinformatics & Genomics
How to find out the most recent trends in Genomics, by Stephen Turner
recently published microbiology papers, selected by Elisabeth Bik

Help / discussions

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