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June 01, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 11)

Single-Cell Genomics Clarifies Big Picture

As the Features of Individual Cells Are Identified, Their Functioning as a Group Is Illuminated

  • Approximately 5x10 30 bacteria are estimated to inhabit our planet, and microorganisms colonizing our bodies outnumber our own cells by a factor of 10. Nevertheless, we know relatively little about our unicellular neighbors. A widespread approach used to explore microbial genomes is to culture the organism and analyze its ...

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