8.8.1. RNA versus DNA sampling

RNA pools contain those genomes that are actively producing proteins AND genomes of the key RNA viruses in bees. RNA sampling is often used for assessing bee pathogens. DNA sampling is preferable when samples are poorly preserved (given the higher stability of DNA) and as a means of reducing the often overwhelmingly high frequency of ribosomal RNA’s (75-80%) in most sequenced RNA samples.

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