Inbiotec: Instituto de biotecnología de León

Inbiotec: Instituto de biotecnología de León
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Metagenomics

Over the last years, we have reinforced our capacities and expertise in metagenomics as a promising source of knowledge about the biology of microbial communities, and also with the aim to identify novel and useful genes (bioprospecting).Sequencing of collective genomes is now possible thanks to the use of next generation platforms. The success of metagenomics studies must be ensured by the careful choice of the sampling conditions and wet-lab procedures, such as DNA extraction. However, experience dictates that the most critical challenge lies in the bioinformatics methods, encompassing the procedures for assembly, annotation and comparative analysis, and these are largely facilitated by the use of supercomputation. In metagenomics studies, we complement our own resources in bioinformatics with the availability of the supercomputer Caléndula, hosted within the premises of the Fundación Centro de Supercomputación de Castilla y León, at the heart of the campus of the University of León.