Bioinformatic, Molecular, and Genetic Tools for Exploring Genome-Wide Responses to Hydrocarbons
The response profiles of bacteria to hydrocarbons in the wild can be directly assessed by high-throughput cDNA sequencing of metagenomes, tracking the fate or metabolism of labeled cells in the microbial community or can be indirectly inferred from the screening of mutant libraries for key genetic determinants. Transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome data are collected from homogeneous bacterial populations that are exposed to hydrocarbons under strictly controlled culturing conditions.
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