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Microbiota contributes to an array of benefits for their human hosts; digestion, vitamin production, homeostasis, immunity and the list goes on. The microbiome is first established upon exit from the sterile womb, and the mode of delivery can shape colonisation and dynamics of a newborn’s gut community. A recent article from BBC highlights gut microbiome...

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Metagenomics is the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples. It is a relatively new field that has been made possible by advances in molecular biology and sequencing technology. But why is metagenomics important? Well, understanding the genes of all organisms is important for several reasons.