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Genetic soil prospecting yields wealth of potential antibiotics [Phys]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le , mis à jour le

In a paper appearing June 13 in the journal Nature, the researchers report sequencing the genomes of every microbe in a teaspoon of soil—so-called metagenomic sequencing—and turning up hundreds of genes for complex and potentially useful molecules that would not have been found otherwise because the microbes cannot be grown in a petri dish.

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