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The next meta-challenge for Bioinformatics

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Author(s): Willy Valdivia Granda

Journal: Bioinformation
ISSN 0973-2063

Volume: 2;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 358;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: metagenomics | high performance computing | enterprise database | genomic barcoding

ABSTRACT
The direct sequencing of uncultivable organisms present in complex biological and environmental samples has opportunities to discover new life forms and metabolic processes. This transformational field, known as metagenomics, is generating massive amounts of molecular information that can overwhelm the performance of conventional analysis and visualization algorithms. Here, I briefly highlight some of the emerging challenges this new discipline presents to the computational biology community and point some of the opportunities to develop applications that can translate metagenomic information into biomedical, agricultural, environmental, and industrial applications.

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