An experimental metagenome data management and analysis system

Bioinformatics. 2006 Jul 15;22(14):e359-67. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btl217.


The application of shotgun sequencing to environmental samples has revealed a new universe of microbial community genomes (metagenomes) involving previously uncultured organisms. Metagenome analysis, which is expected to provide a comprehensive picture of the gene functions and metabolic capacity for microbial communities, needs to be conducted in the context of a comprehensive data management and analysis system. We present in this paper IMG/M, an experimental metagenome data management and analysis system that is based on the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system. IMG/M provides tools and viewers for analyzing both metagenomes and isolate genomes individually or in a comparative context. IMG/M is available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
  • Bacterial Proteins / physiology*
  • Database Management Systems*
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genome, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods
  • Models, Biological*
  • Proteome / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Proteome