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Table 1 Summary of metagenomic sequencing projects

From: Metagenomics for studying unculturable microorganisms: cutting the Gordian knot

Community Estimated species richness Thousands of sequence reads Total DNA sequenced (Mbp) Sequence reads in contigs (%)
Acid mine drainage 6 100 76 85
Deep sea whale fall     
Sample 1 150 38 25 43
Sample 2 50 38 25 32
Sample 3 20 40 25 47
Sargasso Sea     
Samples 1-4 300 per sample 1,662 1,361 61
Sample 5-7 300 per sample 325 265 <1
Minnesota farm soil >3,000 150 100 <1