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Nat Rev Microbiol. 2004 Feb;2(2):141-50.

Tapping into microbial diversity.

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  • 1Diversa Corporation, 4955 Directors Place, San Diego, California 92121, USA. mkeller@diversa.com


Even though significant advances have been made in understanding microbial diversity, most microorganisms are still only characterized by 'molecular fingerprints' and have resisted cultivation. Many different approaches have been developed to overcome the problems associated with cultivation of microorganisms because one obvious benefit would be the opportunity to investigate the previously inaccessible resources that these microorganisms potentially harbour.

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