Since its launch 25 years ago, the Genomes OnLine Database has matured from six projects on a spreadsheet into a flagship genomic metadata repository, making curated microbiome metadata that follows community standards freely available, and enabling large-scale comparative genomics analysis initiatives.
In Cell Genomics, an international consortium led by researchers at the Joint Genome Institute team generated 824 new Actinobacteria genomes, which were were combined with nearly 5,000 publicly available ones and 1,100 metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) reconstructed from sequenced environmental samples in a previous study.
Kaushal Sharma, one of five Antioch High School rising juniors who participated in internships at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) this summer through the Biotech Partners program is now an author on a Nucleic Acids Research publication. The paper describes the version 6 data updates and feature enhancements to the Genomes OnLine Database (GOLD) administered by JGI. T.B.K Reddy, Kaushal’s mentor, described his student’s contributions as reviewing close to 3,800 metagenomes to verify geographic locations and assign latitude and longitude values “This exercise helped us in filling or updating geographic information for nearly 1,100 samples,” said Reddy. Kaushal also reviewed and assigned NCBI taxonomy name and IDs for nearly 20,000 public/private mtagenome biosamples in GOLD. “Besides these, he curated several small sets of phylogeny, biosample metadata tasks we assigned.” What did you do for your summer vacation?