New review paper in Science offers model to predict how microbiomes may respond to change

The study delves into microbial evolutionary processes and explores previous research showing that microbial traits – particularly with bacteria – vary predictably in how they have evolved across the “tree of life.” For example, some traits, such as photosynthesis, evolved a long time ago and are shared by large groups of genetically related bacteria. Other traits, such as sensitivity to a particular virus, have evolved many times in many small groups.