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JGI and BDMTC Upgrade IMG/M, the Metagenomics Data Management and Analysis SystemNew ArticlePage

January 22, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, CA—On the one-year anniversary of the launch of the experimental metagenome data management and analysis system, IMG/M, the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) has released the latest upgrade. IMG/M, accessible to the public at http://img.jgi.doe.gov/m, is the result of a collaboration between the DOE JGI and Berkeley Lab’s Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC).

Targeting DOE JGI’s expanding user base, IMG/M provides tools for analyzing the functional capability of microbial communities based on their metagenome sequence, in the context of reference isolate genomes, using a variety of public functional and pathway resources. The enhanced version of IMG/M now offers aggregate genome (metagenome) data generated from microbial community samples that have been the subject of recently published studies. These include samples from biological phosphorus removing sludge (Nature Biotechnology Volume 24, Number 10, October 2006), human distal gut (Science 312: 1355-1359, 2 June 2006), a gutless marine worm (Nature 443, 950-955, 26 October 2006), and obese and lean mouse gut (Nature 444, 1027-131, 21 December 2006). In addition, IMG/M includes three of the simulated metagenome data sets employed for benchmarking several assembly, gene prediction, and binning methods (http://fames.jgi-psf.org/).

IMG/M’s reference isolate genomes were included from version 2.0 of JGI's Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system, a total of 2,301 isolate genomes consisting of 595 bacterial, 32 archaeal, 13 eukaryotic, and 1,661 virus genomes.

IMG/M will be demonstrated at a workshop on March 28, as part of the DOE JGI Second Annual User Meeting (http://www.jgi.doe.gov/meetings/usermtg07/).

The DOE Joint Genome Institute, supported by the DOE Office of Science, unites the expertise of five national laboratories—Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Pacific Northwest—along with the Stanford Human Genome Center to advance genomics in support of the DOE mission related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and clean-up. DOE JGI’s Walnut Creek, Calif. Production Genomics Facility provides integrated high-throughput sequencing and computational analysis that enable systems-based scientific approaches to these challenges.

The Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) serves as a source of expertise in and provides support for data management and bioinformatics tool development projects at the JGI, the Life Sciences and Physical Biosciences Divisions at LBNL, Biomedical Centers at UCSF, and other similar organizations in the Bay Area. The Center enables collaborating organizations to share experience, expertise, technology, and results across projects, employing industry practices in developing data management systems and bioinformatics tools, while maintaining academic high standards for the underlying data generation, interpretation, and analysis methods and algorithms.


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