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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2012 Feb;23(1):49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.11.001. Epub 2011 Nov 16.

Development of functional gene microarrays for microbial community analysis.

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  • 1Institute for Environmental Genomics, Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA. zhili.he@ou.edu


Functional gene arrays (FGAs) are a special type of microarrays containing probes for key genes involved in microbial functional processes, such as biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus and metals, virulence and antibiotic resistance, biodegradation of environmental contaminants, and stress responses. FGAs have been demonstrated to be a specific, sensitive, and quantitative tool for rapid analysis of microbial communities from different habitats, such as waters, soils, extreme environments, bioreactors, and human microbiomes. In this review, we first summarize currently reported FGAs, and then focus on the FGA development. We will also discuss several key issues of FGA technology as well as challenges and directions in future FGA development.

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