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Intestinal bacteria - microbiota. © INRA

A revolutionary approach to studying the intestinal microbiota

An international research team within the MetaHIT consortium coordinated by INRA and involving teams from CEA, CNRS and Université d’Evry, has developed a new method to analyse the global genome, or the metagenome of the intestinal microbiota1. This method markedly simplifies microbiome analysis and renders it more powerful.  The scientists have thus been able to sequence and assemble the complete genome of 238 intestinal bacteria, 75% of which were previously unknown.  This work is being published on the 6th of July 2014 in Nature Biotechnology.

Updated on 07/17/2014
Published on 07/07/2014
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Henrik Bjørn Nielsen et al. A method for identifying metagenomic species and variable genetic elements by exhaustive co-abundance binning. Nature Biotechnology, 6 July 2014. doi:10.1038/nbt.2939