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Mapping the protistan 'rare biosphere'

Scott C Dawson* and Kari D Hagen

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Department of Microbiology, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:105  doi:10.1186/jbiol201

Published: 29 December 2009


The use of cultivation-independent approaches to map microbial diversity, including recent work published in BMC Biology, has now shown that protists, like bacteria/archaea, are much more diverse than had been realized. Uncovering eukaryotic diversity may now be limited not by access to samples or cost but rather by the availability of full-length reference sequence data.

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