A Metagenomic Framework for the Study of Airborne Microbial Communities

  title={A Metagenomic Framework for the Study of Airborne Microbial Communities},
  author={Shibu Yooseph and Cynthia Andrews-Pfannkoch and Aaron Tenney and Jeff McQuaid and Shannon J. Williamson and Mathangi Thiagarajan and Daniel Brami and Lisa Zeigler-Allen and Jeff Hoffman and Johannes B Goll and Douglas W. Fadrosh and John Glass and Mark D. Adams and R. Friedman and J. Craig Venter},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Understanding the microbial content of the air has important scientific, health, and economic implications. While studies have primarily characterized the taxonomic content of air samples by sequencing the 16S or 18S ribosomal RNA gene, direct analysis of the genomic content of airborne microorganisms has not been possible due to the extremely low density of biological material in airborne environments. We developed sampling and amplification methods to enable adequate DNA recovery to allow… CONTINUE READING
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