DATABASE: Uncover Shy Bugs …

Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 19a
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.19a

Much of the world's microbial biodiversity remains unknown to science because the persnickety bugs refuse to grow in the lab. A valuable tool for stymied microbiologists is probeBase, a collection of DNA probes compiled by the microbial ecology group at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. Researchers can use the short sequences, which target microbes' ribosomal RNA, to identify what bugs are present in particular communities and to winkle out furtive species that have evaded the taxonomists.

www.microbial-ecology.de/probebase

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