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CosmosID Adds Metagenomics Software to Thermo Fisher Cloud

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – CosmosID said today that its metagenomics analysis software is now available on Thermo Fisher Scientific's cloud platform.

CosmosID's software supports rapid identification of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. The solution uses proprietary, curated databases containing more than 65,000 genomes and gene sequences to capture strain relationships and determine the relative abundance of microorganisms present in samples. Additionally, the solution allows users to distinguish antibiotic resistance and virulence factors in microbes.

With the integration, customers of Thermo Fisher's cloud platform now have access to a comprehensive suite of metagenomic analysis and microbial profiling tools including visualization capabilities such as sunburst charts and taxonomic trees. It is "a significant step forward in the wake of complex, polymicrobial and co-infection in infectious disease research," Catriona Anderson, a consultant at Focus Medical Clinic in the UK, said in a statement. "Their ability to rapidly identify pathogens at the subspecies level along with genotyping of antibiotic resistance, will be critical to take personalized medicine to the next level."

Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Also available on the Thermo Fisher cloud are modules for analyzing proteomic data, Sanger sequencing, and quantitative PCR data. The platform also includes quality assurance software that can be used to monitor instrument performance and compare data across laboratories.