SLIPSTREAM APPLIANCE: NGS EDITION - MIT's Ed DeLong Sifts Microbial Treasure Troves Using SlipStream
Deciphering how marine microbial communities in­uence the world’s energy and carbon budgets is the province of Ed DeLong1 , prominent metagenomics researcher at MIT and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Few scientists match DeLong’s animated eloquence when discussing the quest to understand lowly microbial “bugs” – a pursuit that today depends heavily on next generation sequencing (NGS), powerful computational tools, and submersible robots able to roam the sea.