I have a couple of metagenomic bins which are okay in quality, but often missing rRNAs (16S, 23S...). I assume this is due to high population variability, combined with the high conservation of rRNAs, and reads of at most 300 bp. My binning software of choice is vamb.
Could this be fixed? Once a metagenomic bin is built, is there a way to see which 16S (or multiple 16S possible sequences) are likely to be associated with it? I considered using tools which explore the assembly graph, either manually (Bandage) or automatically (spacegraphcats), but I'm not sure if this is the right approach. After all, if the rRNA genes were linked in the assembly graph to genes that now clearly belong to a bin, they would have been added to that bin...It feels like this is a problem others may have encountered before, so I was wondering if anyone has an idea : )