For those interested in metagenomics — a mash-up from The Scientist

Some interesting things in this post from Kelly Rae Chi at the Scientist: Metagenomics Mash-Up.  It includes a discussion of metagenomics generally and then some metagenomic tools including MEGAN5, Kraken, MG-RAST, Metavir, and HI-C.  The section on HI-C discusses the work of Chris Beitel in my lab.  If you are doing metagenomic analysis or considering it or just trying to understand how it is and/or might be used, this is probably worth a look.  It is NOT by any means comprehensive just a “tour of the newest software and strategies” but still of potential use.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.