March 15, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 6)


Strong Points: Large collection of downloadable data
Weak Points: None


There exist many resources to analyze and compare individual genomes, such as from particular species. The EBI Metagenomics resource by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) goes one step further, providing tools to study the aggregated genomes of all organisms (the “metagenome”) present within a particular environment, like the human stomach or a body of water. Visitors to the EBI Metagenomics site can browse and download the sequencing data and taxonomic analyses for over 1,300 projects. As an alternative to browsing the entire project list, visitors can browse the projects by biome, of which there are 25. By creating a European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) account, users can also upload their own sequencing data to the repository to be analyzed by EBI Metagenomics researchers. In total, the EBI Metagenomics resource gives researchers access to entire worlds of genomic data, all in one convenient location.

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