Rockville, MD — Ever since the genomics revolution took off, scientists have been busily deciphering vast numbers of genomes. Cataloging. Analyzing. Comparing. Public databases hold 239 complete bacterial genomes alone.
Photo: Bacillus anthracis. (Image courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
But scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) have come to a startling conclusion.
Armed with the powerful tools of comparative genomics and mathematics, TIGR scientists have concluded that researchers might never fully describe some bacteria and viruses–because their genomes are infinite.