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Fig. 1 | Microbiome

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From: Marker genes that are less conserved in their sequences are useful for predicting genome-wide similarity levels between closely related prokaryotic strains

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Box and whisker plot of 16s rRNA percent identities between genomes of the same taxa (species/genus/etc.). The whiskers represent boundaries within 1.5 interquartile range of the lower and upper quartiles. Although the 16s rRNA genes are more similar at finer taxonomic levels, there are still large overlaps between taxonomic classification levels and outliers within each level. Therefore, the 16s rRNA gene is sometimes an ambiguous marker in taxonomic classification

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