“The time is ripe to embark on the greatest endeavor to understand Earth’s microbiome. At the dawn of the third decade of microbial genomics, and well into the information age, the establishment of a national microbiome data center can pave the way to understanding the Earth’s microbiome.” In a paper published in Trends in Microbiology, researchers from the DOE Joint Genome Institute call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally. The timely publication complements the White House’s launch of a National Microbiome Initiative focused on comparing microbial communities across ecosystems to identify the “organizing principles” that shape all microbiomes. Read more on the DOE JGI website.
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