Novel Microbial Diversity and Functional Potential in the Marine Mammal Oral Microbiome

  title={Novel Microbial Diversity and Functional Potential in the Marine Mammal Oral Microbiome},
  author={Natasha K. Dudek and C. Sun and David Burstein and R. Kantor and D. Relman},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • Natasha K. Dudek, C. Sun, +2 authors D. Relman
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • The vast majority of bacterial diversity lies within phylum-level lineages called "candidate phyla," which lack isolated representatives and are poorly understood. These bacteria are surprisingly abundant in the oral cavity of marine mammals. We employed a genome-resolved metagenomic approach to recover and characterize genomes and functional potential from microbes in the oral gingival sulcus of two bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). We detected organisms from 24 known bacterial phyla… CONTINUE READING
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