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Findings from University of Western Ontario in Microbiology Reported

January 29, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Life Science Research are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of London, Canada, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "High-throughput sequencing technology is rapidly improving in quality, speed and cost. It is therefore becoming more widely used to study whole communities of prokaryotes in many niches."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Western Ontario, "This review discusses these techniques, including nucleic acid extraction from different environments, sample preparation and high-throughput sequencing platforms. We also discuss commonly used and recently developed bioinformatic tools applied to microbiomes, including analyzing amplicon sequences, metagenome shotgun sequences and metatranscriptome sequences. This field is relatively new and rapidly evolving, thus we hope that this review will provide a baseline for understanding these methods of microbiome analyses."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Additionally, we seek to stimulate others to solve the many problems that still exist with the sensitivity, specificity and interpretation of high throughput microbiome sequence analysis."

For more information on this research see: High throughput sequencing methods and analysis for microbiome research. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 2013;95(3):401-414. Journal of Microbiological Methods can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier -; Journal of Microbiological Methods -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.M. Di Bella, University of Western Ontario, Dept. of Surg Oncol, London, ON, Canada. Additional authors for this research include Y.G. Bao, G.B. Gloor, J.P. Burton and G. Reid (see also Life Science Research).

Keywords for this news article include: London, Canada, Ontario, Life Science Research, North and Central America

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Source: Biotech Week

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