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Viral Metagenomics Discovering New Viruses

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Chunlin Wang
Eric Delwart
Joseph Victoria
Farbod Babrzadeh
Ronald W. Davis
Baback Gharizadeh

Metagenomics is the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples. Viral metagenomic approaches provide opportunities to generate an unbiased characterization of the viral populations in various organisms and environments, largely thanks to the advent of ‘next-generation’ sequencing platforms, which enable millions of DNA fragments to be sequenced at high-throughput fashion and with tiny fraction of cost.
Next-generation sequencing arrives with an explosion in the volume of data and at the same time brings considerable challenges for information management. We have developed a set of computational tools and data management system to crunch viral metagenomics data and to search for high-risk viral species.

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