The value of comparison

Nicholas Thomson, Mohammed Sebaihia, Ana Cerdeño-Tárraga, Stephen Bentley, Lisa Crossman, Julian Parkhill

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With the number of published microbial genomes now in excess of 100, any new genome that is sequenced is likely to have a close relative available for comparison. Indeed, it is increasingly difficult to perform any genomic analysis that is not comparative. This should, however, not be seen as a drawback; it is often the case that a large amount of information can be drawn from these comparisons, especially between closely related organisms. Several genome sequences published recently indicate the value of comparisons at the genomic level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-12
Number of pages2
JournalNature Reviews Microbiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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