Friday, September 19, 2008

Fwd: MG-RAST User Newsletter No.2 -- MG-RAST paper available // NEW version released // 2nd User Workshop planned

Out sick so email updates will have to do
Got this by email

Subject: MG-RAST User Newsletter No.2 -- MG-RAST paper available // NEW version released // 2nd User Workshop planned



Dear MG-RAST users,

The MG-RAST team has some news we would like to share:

1) MG-RAST manuscript published
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The manuscript for MG-RAST has been accepted in BMC Bioinformatics and is available under the following URL:

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/9/386/abstract

Please cite:
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The metagenomics RAST server F. Meyer, et al
BMC Bioinformatics 2008, 9:386


2) New version of the server software available
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After a lot of testing (Thanks again to all beta testers), we have released a new version of our MG-RAST server software. You will notice improvements in nearly all aspects of the MG-RAST platform and user experience.

Here is a  summary of changes and additions:
- added overview page with statistical summary
- ability to download arbitrary subsets of fragments as fasta
- user can change parameters for metabolic reconstruction and phylogenetic reconstruction on the fly
- ditto comparison/heatmaps
- recruitment plot
- metabolic comparison tool using KEGG pathway maps
- updated databases in background (NR no longer from 2006, Silva RNA database included)
- detailed sequence information and alignments
- support for groups and inviting friends to look at data
- much faster user interface
- ability to see/download fragments and see blast alignments
- added Silva rRNA database (from: http://www.arb-silva.de/)
- many small detailed fixes


3) MG-RAST workshop planned for winter 2008/2009
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In addition to the tutorial at Metagenomics 2008 in San Diego (see: http://metagenomics.calit2.net/) we are inviting participant registration for our second MG-RAST workshop. Please send an email to mg-rast@mcs.anl.gov if you are interested in participating.


-- from the MG-RAST team

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