Welcome to the new genomics revolution! Webcast by Prof. Don Cowan

Posted on May 23, 2016

The vast majority of microorganisms are uncultured and therefore scientists have very limited knowledge about them. It is important for us to understand what they are, what they do, and how we can use their products and properties for biotechnological purposes. Genomics tools allows us to gain access to this information.

Metagenomics, the study of the total genetic complement of microorganisms in a particular environment, allows us to investigate the composition and putative function of complex communities. This new information provides insights into the biotechnological uses for microbial communities in areas such as agriculture and pharmaceutics.

As genomics continues to become cheaper and more accessible, we will gain a deeper understanding of these unseen heroes and their importance in ecosystem function, in particular ecosystem response to climate change. Genomics will provide answers to problems we have not even begun to imagine.

Please click on the link to view the webcast:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCROuCbHDLg

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