Microbiome Data Science: Understanding Our Microbial Planet

Trends Microbiol. 2016 Jun;24(6):425-427. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2016.02.011.


Microbiology is experiencing a revolution brought on by recent developments in sequencing technology. The unprecedented volume of microbiome data being generated poses significant challenges that are currently hindering progress in the field. Here, we outline the major bottlenecks and propose a vision to advance microbiome research as a data-driven science.

Keywords: data integration; data interoperability; data science; data standards; metagenomics; microbiome.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Information Systems*
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiota*
  • Planets*
  • Research
  • Science*