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Nat Rev Microbiol. 2005 Jun;3(6):510-6.

Metagenomics and industrial applications.

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  • 1BRAIN AG, Darmstaedterstrasse 34, 64673 Zwingenberg, Germany. pl@brain.biotech.de


Different industries have different motivations to probe the enormous resource that is uncultivated microbial diversity. Currently, there is a global political drive to promote white (industrial) biotechnology as a central feature of the sustainable economic future of modern industrialized societies. This requires the development of novel enzymes, processes, products and applications. Metagenomics promises to provide new molecules with diverse functions, but ultimately, expression systems are required for any new enzymes and bioactive molecules to become an economic success. This review highlights industrial efforts and achievements in metagenomics.

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