American Gut data and pipelines now freely available

While not exactly the microbiology of the built environment, studies of the human microbiome are the next closest thing and and understanding of both will be critical to creating healthier living environments.

The American Gut project is the largest, crowdfunded/citizen science human microbiome effort, with over 3,000 participants so far (including myself).  In addition to being a great project, with the potential to really change our understanding of the human microbiome one of the things I like about this project is their openness.  To that end, they have recently released all of their data and their processing pipelines for anyone to play with.

Here’s hoping that others, in all domains, will follow this example.

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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter