Microbial single-cell omics: the crux of the matter

A.-K. Kaster, M. S. Sobol
Single-cell genomics and transcriptomics can provide reliable context for assembled genome fragments and gene expression activity on the level of individual prokaryotic genomes. These methods are rapidly emerging as an essential complement to cultivation-based, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and microbial community-focused research approaches by allowing direct access to information from individual microorganisms, even from deep-branching phylogenetic groups that currently lack cultured
more » ... y lack cultured representatives. Their integration and binning with environmental 'omics data already provides unprecedented insights into microbial diversity and metabolic potential, enabling us to provide information on individual organisms and the structure and dynamics of natural microbial populations in complex environments. This review highlights the pitfalls and recent advances in the field of single-cell omics and its importance in microbiological and biotechnological studies.
doi:10.5445/ir/1000123607 fatcat:5gcdplglwfh2xmlgwxtqdbnhc4