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Sewage contains the greatest diversity of unidentified viral populations known to date

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October 21, 2011
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Universidad de Barcelona
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Raw sewage provides a perfect ecosystem for studying the diversity of viral populations that remain uncharacterized. A pioneering study, which applies metagenomics to the analysis of viral populations present in sewage, reveals that the viral universe is far larger than previously thought.

Raw sewage provides a perfect ecosystem for studying the diversity of viral populations that remain uncharacterized. This is one of the principal conclusions of a study published in the journal mBio by a team comprising experts from the UB’s Laboratory of Water and Food Viral Pollution, Washington University and the University of Pittsburgh, under the direction of James Pipas (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh). The pioneering study, which applies metagenomics to the analysis of viral populations present in sewage, reveals that the viral universe is far larger than previously thought.


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  1. Gantalupo, Paul G.; Calgua, Byron; Zhao, Guoyan; Hundesa, Ayalkibet; Wier, Adam D.; Katz, Josh P.; Grabe, Micahle; Hendrix, Roger W.; Gironθs, Rosina; Wang, David; Pipas, James M. Raw Sewage Harbors Diverse Viral Populations. mBio, 2011, vol. 2, nϊm. 3, e00180-11 DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00180-11

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