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The Windshield Splatter Metagenome

The blog www.ncbirofl.com is a great resource for amusing/interesting research papers that have been published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website. This week they highlight a paper on the regional differences in the metagenomic data of eukaryotes found in "bug splat."

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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