Qiita: rapid, web-enabled microbiome meta-analysis

Nat Methods. 2018 Oct;15(10):796-798. doi: 10.1038/s41592-018-0141-9. Epub 2018 Oct 1.


Multi-omic insights into microbiome function and composition typically advance one study at a time. However, in order for relationships across studies to be fully understood, data must be aggregated into meta-analyses. This makes it possible to generate new hypotheses by finding features that are reproducible across biospecimens and data layers. Qiita dramatically accelerates such integration tasks in a web-based microbiome-comparison platform, which we demonstrate with Human Microbiome Project and Integrative Human Microbiome Project (iHMP) data.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Metagenomics*
  • Microbiota*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface