Metagenomics — the genomic analysis of communities of organisms — is reshaping the landscape of microbiology. Transcending individual genes and genomes, metagenomics offers access to all of the genomes in a community to reveal the secrets of the "uncultured world" — the enormous number of microbial species that cannot currently be isolated into pure culture. Metagenomics will expand our ability to discover and benefit from microbial capabilities, improve our understanding of microbial communities and probably lead to major advances in medicine, agriculture, energy production and bioremediation.
The Vital Role of Microbes on EarthSpecial Product
Microbes—life forms too tiny to see—play a surprisingly large role in life on earth. Humans depend on microbial communities in more ways than you can imagine. For example, microbes:
• Make air breathable
• Keep us healthy
• Provide sources of new drugs
• Help us digest food
• Clean up hazardous chemicals
• Support and protect crops
Our Microbial PlanetSpecial Product
Microbes—life forms too tiny to see—play a surprisingly large role in life on earth. Microbes are everywhere,
and they do a lot of good for human health and our planet. in fact, disease-causing microbes make up only
a very tiny fraction of the millions of types of microbes.
This poster was derived from the National Research Council report The New Science of Metagenomics: Revealing the Secrets of Our Microbial Planet (2007).