A plea for high-throughput molecular monitoring of the deep-sea

May 3, 2014 | Biomonitoring, Marine ecosytems

Pawlowski J, Gooday A
Deep-Sea Life 2014;3:page 68


Recent developments in DNA barcoding and environmental genomics based on next-generation sequencing technologies offer a new avenue for exploring the diversity of life in the oceans. These techniques can be applied to any type of marine sample (water, sediment, stomach contents) and can focus on a specific group of organisms or provide data on global biodiversity. They can be used to detect only metabolically active organisms (RNA) or to follow long-term changes by analysing DNA preserved in the environment.

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