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Flatlander 2011-09-21 12:15

Nothing left to discover?
From BBC Focus magzine:

[QUOTE]1,400 strains of bacteria lurk in human belly buttons. The Belly Button Diversity Study was carried out at North Carolina State University.[/QUOTE]

jasonp 2011-09-21 12:54

In the molecular biology literature these are 'environmental samples' studies, and they're hot right now. Because increases in the rate at which we can sequence DNA far exceed Moore's Law, and the amount of DNA floating around in everyday things (seawater, dirt, people) far exceeds the stuff in conventional genomes, there's a lot of interest in starting to catalog all the things we've been missing.

ewmayer 2011-09-21 20:17

North Carolina State University, huh?

I would've guessed this kind of study would have been done at the Navel Academy.

[Exits hastily stage left, dodging the rotting fruit and vegetables filling the air]

only_human 2011-09-22 11:19

Just the beginning of discovery
An improved algorithm allows over 90% sequencing [I]from a single cell[/I].
It may be no longer necessary to be able to culture a particular bacterium to study its' sequence. Now the real exploration begins.

[URL=""]New Gene Sequencing Technique Opens the Doors for Studying Elusive Bacteria[/URL]

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