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The Microbe Directory v2.0: An Expanded Database of Ecological and Phenotypical Features of Microbes.

By Maria A Sierra, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Krista Ryon, Sophie Meierovich, Heba Shaaban, David Westfall, Rawhi Mohammad, Katerina Kuchin, Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, David C. Danko, Christopher Mason

Posted 23 Dec 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2019.12.20.860569

The Microbe Directory (TMD) is a comprehensive database of annotations for microbial species collating features such as gram-stain, capsid-symmetry, resistance to antibiotics and more. This work presents a significant improvement to the original Microbe Directory (2018). This update adds 68,852 taxa, many new annotation features, an interface for the statistical analysis of microbiomes based on TMD features, and presents a portal for the broad community to add or correct entries. This update also adds curated lists of gene annotations which are useful for characterizing microbial genomes. Much of the new data in TMD is sourced from a set of databases and independent studies collating these data into a single quality controlled and curated source. This will allow researchers and clinicians to have easier access to microbial data and provide for the possibility of serendipitous discovery of otherwise unexpected trends.

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