NCBI ROFL: The windshield splatter metagenome.

By ncbi rofl | August 4, 2009 5:42 pm

Taxonomy of Windshield Splatter: Contrasting Geographic Locations using Short Read Counts

How many species inhabit our immediate surrounding? A straightforward collection technique suitable for answering this question is known to anyone who has ever driven a car at highway speeds. The windshield of a moving vehicle is subjected to numerous insect strikes and can be used as a collection device for representative sampling... …The main aim of our study was to contrast eukaryotic species differences between two distinct geographical location in northeastern United States. DNA, isolated from the material stuck to the tapped front bumper of a car driven in these locations, was sequenced using 454 (Roche) FLX pyrosequencing technology.”

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