Curr Opin Biotechnol 18(3) , 267-72 (Jun 2007)
Studies of the genomes of individual microbial organisms as well as aggregate genomes (metagenomes) of microbial communities are expected to lead to advances in various areas, such as healthcare, environmental cleanup, and alternative energy production. A variety of specialized data resources manage the results of different microbial genome data processing and interpretation stages, and represent different degrees of microbial genome characterization. Scientists studying microbial genomes and metagenomes often need one or several of these resources. Given their diversity, these resources cannot be used effectively without determining the scope and type of individual resources as well as the relationship between their data.