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Sequencing of Genomes from Environmental Single Cells.


Sequencing of single bacterial and archaeal cells is an important methodology that provides access to the genetic makeup of uncultivated microorganisms. We here describe the high-throughput fluorescence-activated cell sorting-based isolation of single cells from the environment, their lysis and strand displacement-mediated whole genome amplification. We further outline 16S rRNA gene sequence-based screening of single-cell amplification products, their preparation for Illumina sequencing libraries, and finally propose computational methods for read and contig level quality control of the resulting sequence data.

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