Mobile genes in the human microbiome are structured from global to individual scales.

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PubMed ID: 27409808

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Brito IL, Yilmaz S, Huang K, Xu L, Jupiter SD, Jenkins AP, Naisilisili W, Tamminen M, Smillie CS, Wortman JR, Birren BW, Xavier RJ, Blainey PC, Singh AK, Gevers D, Alm EJ

Nature. Jul 2016

COMMENT: The microbiome is many times analyzed as a static picture but we could have more valuable information if we study it as a dynamic thing in a similar way that meteorological changes or the dynamic movements of persons travelling.

In this publication the focus is the mobile elements of the microbiome and, as expected, the findings and the information obtained are very different that if the microbiomes had been studied with classical approaches. It is needed to study the microbiomes in movement and from different perspectives than the classical distribution of big taxonomical groups or the analysis of big functional groups of genes.

In this publication there are new ideas for studying microbiomes that provide some interesting findings. This new line of looking at microbiome to analyze populations can add new possibilities to obtain information using “the king” of the biomarkers, the microbiome.


Raquel Tobes