Early metagenomic work (before it was even called that) began in the early 1990’s using a single PCR product that was cloned into a bacteriophage and then sequenced on a manual slab gel with radioactive 32P- labeled primers. Anyone remember those days?
The field of metagenomics has been revolutionized by next-gen sequencing as researchers can now look at the diversity of uncultured organisms, from nearly any sample, on a massive scale, detecting millions of sequences from a single sample.
With decades of analysis and hundreds of studies completed, we’ve learned that the diversity of microbes is even greater than expected. And the diversity of those species can tell us much about the health of an ecosystem or how their interactions may be linked to diseases such as IBD, obesity, and chronic wounds.
Ion Torrent™ sequencing offers a complete solution for analyzing these complex metagenomics samples without the need to culture samples and gets you to your answers in less than 3 days time. Watch the video to learn how clinical researchers and environmental researchers are using the Ion 16S™ Metagenomics Kit with Ion Reporter™ Software to make their own discoveries from the trillions of bacterial cells and thousands of species that inhabit our bodies and the environment.