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Each city stands for a particular interest: Dares Salaam, for instance, represents the idea of nature as a bio-resource or gene library
, while Windhoek became the scene of a "bio-romantic" quest for an ancient plant that has existed for more than seventy million years and survived the transformation of an ancient rain forest into a desert.
This ongoing analysis is currently complemented with rarefaction of a 16S rRNA gene library
derived from the same sample, demonstrating that it may indeed be possible to represent entire communities with reasonable effort on DNA microarrays.
Blood samples will be taken from volunteers in the pounds 3.5million study and held in an anonymous gene library