Metagenomic Profiling and Identification of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes from Airborne Microbial Communities

Tamar Dickerson, Jonathan L. Jacobs, Nicole Waybright, Danielle Swales, Peggy Lowary, Jeanette Coffin, Joseph Bogan


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is recognized as a severe threat to human and animal health worldwide, yet relatively little is known regarding the bioavailability of AMR genes in airborne microbial communities. Hence, the objective of our study is to use next generation sequencing (NGS) to assess the temporal dynamics of airborne bacterial communities as well as functional metagenomics to investigate the dispersion of AMR genes present within them.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *