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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2002 Oct;5(5):520-4.

Microbial population genomics and ecology.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 7700 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA.


The origins of biological complexity in microbial ecosystems are encoded within the collective genomes of the community. Cultivation-independent genomic studies provide direct access to the genomes of naturally occurring microbes, cultivated or not. Genome-enabled approaches are now significantly advancing current knowledge of genome content, diversity, population biology and evolution in natural microbial populations.

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