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Errors in ribosomal sequence datasets generated using PCR-coupled ‘panbacterial’ pyrosequencing, and the establishment of an improved approach
- Prosdocimi, Erica M., Novati, Stefano, Bruno, Raffaele, Bandi, Claudio, Mulatto, Patrizia, Giannico, Riccardo, Casiraghi, Maurizio, Ferri, Emanuele
- Molecular and cellular probes 2013 v.27 pp. 65-67
- DNA, bacteria, bacterial communities, data collection, databases, genes, ribosomal RNA, risk, sequence analysis
- Universal bacterial primers are often used in PCR-coupled sequencing approaches to investigate environmental and host-associated bacterial communities. Some of these primers can also amplify eukaryotic DNA. This is leading to the submission of datasets to public databases which are erroneously annotated as prokaryotic sequences. The present note sends a message about the risk of submitting incorrectly annotated sequence data and suggests a reliable approach for the sequencing of 16S rRNA genes and identification of bacteria within complex communities.