What is metagenomics?

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (the top 23cm) by Rothamsted Research provides insights into the information to be gained from metagenomic sequencing.

 

Chris Packham had the DNA sequenced from his garden soil in a race against the clock, to highlight both the rapid advances in DNA sequencing technology and its expanding range of uses in biological science. The data unearthed which microorganisms are in the soil and what they do using the cutting edge analysis, known as ‘metagenomics’. Credit: BBSRC.

Professor Mark Pallen from the University of Warwick explains how and why what lives inside a chicken is being explored in two videos from BBSRCmedia.