The Human Oral Metagenome

  • Peter Mullany
  • Philip Warburton
  • Elaine Allan


The human oral cavity is estimated to contain more than 750 bacterial species (Jenkinson and Lamont, 2005; Paster et al., 2006). Although this figure is controversial, the fact remains that up to half of the species in the oral microbiota cannot yet be cultivated in the laboratory. Therefore, metagenomics is a powerful way of accessing these unculturable bacteria in order to understand the role of the oral microbiota in health and disease and to mine for useful products such as enzymes, energy sources and antimicrobial agents. The Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD provides comprehensive information on what is known about the composition of the oral microbiota using information derived from cultivation and metagenomic data based on 16S rRNA gene sequencing.


Oral Cavity Dental Caries Quorum Sense Mobile Genetic Element Genomic Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCL Eastman Dental InstituteLondonUK
  2. 2.Division of Microbial DiseasesUCL Eastman Dental InstituteLondonUK

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