How to Study a Complex Microbial World – Part 3: Genes to Genomes

In part 1 of this series, author talked about what DNA sequencing is, and why it’s an important tool. In part 2, he explained some of the technologies that scientists are currently using to actually “read” the letters of DNA sequences from organisms. In this final piece, he explains how we go from reads of a sequencer, to understanding something about the organisms in the sample sequenced. Image credit: "Skin Microbiome20169-300" by Darryl Leja, NHGRI - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

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How to Study a Complex Microbial World – Part 3: Genes to Genomes

Martin Delahunty

Global Director, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.