Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We are Not Alone .....

Next Era : In "Metagenomics" - Human Microbiome
A beautiful story - "the tale of our other genome" by Liping Zhao

This unravels the intersting Facts:
Some 1.5 kilograms of bacteria colonize the human gut, with others inhabiting the external and internal surfaces of the body.

Infact, only 10% of the total number of cells in the human body consists of human cells,with the rest coming from symbiotic bacterial cell.

It is estimated that the human gut microbiome contains around 1,000 bacterial species

Qin et al. used next-generation sequencing technology — which in a single run can generate millions of short DNA reads — to create a catalogue of 3.3 million genes from 124 Euro-
pean faecal samples collected as part of the MetaHIT project.

The International Human Microbiome Consortium aims to generate a reference set of 1,000
microbial genomes.

I think Diversity of Indian Microbiome will also be a intersting study...,

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