Classification and quantification of bacteriophage taxa in human gut metagenomes.

  title={Classification and quantification of bacteriophage taxa in human gut metagenomes.},
  author={Alison S. Waller and Takuji Yamada and David M. Kristensen and Jens Roat Kultima and Shinichi Sunagawa and Eugene V. Koonin and Peer Bork},
  journal={The ISME journal},
  volume={8 7},
Bacteriophages have key roles in microbial communities, to a large extent shaping the taxonomic and functional composition of the microbiome, but data on the connections between phage diversity and the composition of communities are scarce. Using taxon-specific marker genes, we identified and monitored 20 viral taxa in 252 human gut metagenomic samples, mostly at the level of genera. On average, five phage taxa were identified in each sample, with up to three of these being highly abundant. The… CONTINUE READING
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