2018 preview: Thousands of mystery lifeforms to be revealed

Found on New Scientist on Sunday, 24 December 2017
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It is hard to study these mystery microbes because most can’t be grown in labs. They need the conditions of their natural habitat – be it a hydrothermal vent or our intestines – to survive.

Metagenomics has already made big finds. In September, Philip Hugenholtz and his team at the University of Queensland, Australia, used it to identify 1749 novel microbial species. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2018 most likely more species will be eradicated than discovered.