Long reads and powerful algorithms identify ‘invisible’ microbes

Microbes are everywhere—in our guts, on our skin, permeating the environments around us. Studying these microbial communities has delivered tremendous insights into disease and good health, but identifying all the distinct species in a sample can be challenging.  Now, a study by an international research team has shown that highly accurate, long-read genomic sequencing technology (HiFi) can shine a light on this previously hidden biology.