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A Flood of Microbial Genomes–Do We Need More?

  • Niyaz Ahmed mail

    ahmed.nizi@gmail.com

    Affiliation: Pathogen Biology Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

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  • Published: June 09, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005831
  • Published in PLOS ONE

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From sequencing/resequencing to re-annotation/integration

Posted by ramy on 09 Jun 2009 at 21:12 GMT

This article lists very interesting challenges and questions that will be answered in the next decade of this millennium. With the revolution stirred by next-gen sequencing machines, sequencing/resequencing steps have become quick and cheap. Thus, data generation is the least part to worry about. However, as the article appropriately discusses, the problem is what to sequence and then how to make sense out of the piles.

We will very soon have 5,000 fully sequenced prokaryotic genomes, but, as quick annotation tools are being developed, we realize very well that more genomes annotated = more errors propagated.

In addition to high-speed and high-performance computation, we need, more than ever, high quality annotation and re-annotation. I emphasize on re-annotation because--for example--if you go to a genome in NCBI, you still find the same old annotation errors and inconsistencies, and, to get the right answer, you have to click many many links.

Re-annotation and integration of experimental data (as suggested in this article) will be the rate-limiting steps in the next decade as we attempt to cope with the billions of letters coming out of the sequencing machines.

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