NEW ORLEANS (GenomeWeb) – At the American Society for Microbiology meeting here yesterday, researchers sought community feedback on what shape a National Microbiome Data Collaborative might take.

There's been a surge in the number of microbiome datasets produced in recent years. At ASM, the University of Maryland's Claire Fraser noted that the number of microbiome datasets increased from almost nothing a few years ago to millions of shotgun sequences available today. She added that the numbers could increase by some 100- to 1,000-fold in the next decade.

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