16S metagenomic sequencing

16S metagenomic sequencing is a technique used to analyze the microbial diversity in various environments, including the human body, soil, water, and other ecological niches. This sequencing method specifically targets the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene, which is present in all bacteria and archaea. The 16S rRNA gene is commonly used in microbiological studies because it contains both highly conserved regions (which allow for the design of universal primers) and variable regions (which provide information about microbial diversity). The prokaryotic 16S rRNA gene is approximately 1500 bp long, with nine variable regions interspersed between conserved regions. Variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene are frequently used for phylogenetic classification of genus or species in diverse microbial populations.


Applications of 16S Metagenomic Sequencing are,

Human Microbiome Studies: Investigating the microbial communities in different parts of the human body to understand their roles in health and disease.


Environmental Microbiology: Studying microbial communities in various environments, such as soil, water, and air, to assess ecosystem health and understand microbial interactions.


Industrial Applications: Monitoring and optimizing microbial processes in industrial settings, such as wastewater treatment plants and fermentation processes, as well as identification of contaminants.


Disease Research: Identifying potential pathogens or dysbiotic microbial communities associated with diseases.


Biological and Ecological Studies: Exploring microbial diversity in natural ecosystems to understand ecological interactions and evolutionary relationships between microorganisms.


16S metagenomic sequencing provides valuable insights into the composition and diversity of microbial communities without the need for cultivation, making it a powerful tool in various fields of research.

  • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
  • Variable
  • 14 days

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