Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne's MG-RAST metagenome analysis server passes 1-terabase milestone

July 1, 2011

MG-RAST, the metagenome analysis server developed and operated by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, has reached a new milestone: 1 terabase (1,012 basepairs) of metagenomic DNA analyzed by the server. Metagenomics refers to the sequencing of DNA from many organisms present in environmental samples. A rapidly growing field of environmental biology, metagenomics allows researchers to gain insights into the roles played by the vast majority of microorganisms in those environments that cannot be grown in laboratory settings. More ยป