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Research Article

Incorporating 16S Gene Copy Number Information Improves Estimates of Microbial Diversity and Abundance

  • Steven W. Kembel mail,

    kembel.steven_w@uqam.ca

    Affiliation: Institute of Ecology & Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States of America

    Current address: Départment des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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  • Martin Wu,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Jonathan A. Eisen,

    Affiliations: UC Davis Genome Center, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America, Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

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  • Jessica L. Green

    Affiliations: Institute of Ecology & Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States of America, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

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  • Published: October 25, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002743

About the Authors

Steven W. Kembel, Jessica L. Green
Institute of Ecology & Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
Martin Wu
Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
Jonathan A. Eisen
UC Davis Genome Center, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America
Jonathan A. Eisen
Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America
Jonathan A. Eisen
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America
Jessica L. Green
Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: kembel.steven_w@uqam.ca

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SWK MW JAE JLG. Analyzed the data: SWK MW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SWK MW JAE JLG. Wrote the paper: SWK MW JAE JLG.