Briefings in bioinformatics | 10 Sep 2012
CI Hunter, A Mitchell, P Jones, C McAnulla, S Pesseat, M Scheremetjew and S Hunter
Several thousand metagenomes have already been sequenced, and this number is set to grow rapidly in the forthcoming years as the uptake of high-throughput sequencing technologies continues. Hand-in-hand with this data bonanza comes the computationally overwhelming task of analysis. Herein, we describe some of the bioinformatic approaches currently used by metagenomics researchers to analyze their data, the issues they face and the steps that could be taken to help overcome these challenges.
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