Measuring the Microbiome: Perspective on Advances in Exploring Microbial Life

TitleMeasuring the Microbiome: Perspective on Advances in Exploring Microbial Life
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFoster, J, Bunge, J, Gilbert, JA, Moore, J
JournalBriefings in Bioinformatics
Date Published11/2010
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P1946-0911
Abstract

This article reviews recent advances in microbiome studies: molecular, statistical, and graphical {techniques} to gather data on, model, and explore how microbial organisms affect our environments and ourselves. Microbiome studies are in transition from surveys of which microbes are present in natural environments to quantifications of their community diversity and models of their ecological functions. We review the last 24 months of progress in this sort of research, and anticipate where the next two years will take us.

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