Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


microbiome; standards; big data; China Microbiome Data Center

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Microbiome is the total microbial community of certain environment. Microbiome is considered to play a crucial role on the nutrition metabolism, degradation of pollutant, maintain a balance of ecosystem of animal, plant and human beings although the fundamental mechanism is still unknown. The tremendous development of broad application of high throughput sequencing technology provides the possibility to comprehensive understanding of the composition and functions of microbiome from the view of whole genome sequencing. Microbiome has gradually become a research focus recently. The United States and EU launched national and international projects on microbiome. However, data management and high through-put data analysis still bottlenecks for microbiome research. This paper pointed out current problems for microbiome data management, including the standardization, cross-fields data integration, and high quality reference databases, summarized international microbiome projects and data platforms, and then analyzed current status and questions to be addressed by Chinese researches. Finally, the authors proposed suggestions and strategies for the development of Chinese microbiome data researches and the establishment of national data center.

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