More than 250 microbial genomes have been sequenced to date and, with 700 more projects in the works, making sense of that flood of data has never looked more daunting. This is no surprise to scientists at the Joint Genome Institute, which has spearheaded nearly a quarter of the world’s bacterial genome projects. To help researchers make sense of it all, the institute recently launched IMG/M, an experimental metagenome data management and analysis system.

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