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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Microbiome Bioinformatics at PSB - Call for Papers


Dr. James Foster and I are organizing a session at the 2011 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) on microbiome studies. We invite contributions to microbiome studies that expand our understanding of the composition, structure, and function of microbial ecosystems and their impact on human health and well being. We particularly encourage studies that apply "next generation" sequencing technologies, and reports of tools that support the analysis and sharing of data from such studies. Problems of specific interest may include, but are not limited to:

• Algorithm, tool, and database development for analyzing data from shotgun metagenomics, 16S hypervariable region surveys, and microbial transcriptomics.

• Association studies of microbial consortia with human health, agriculture, bioremediation, climate change, and engineering.

• Theoretical and simulation studies of microbial ecology, function, and evolution.

• The role of microbial consortia in natural ecosystems.

Other topics within the subject area are welcome. Note that all submitted papers should make clear their relevance for the study of Microbiome Studies. If unsure whether your paper fits the session theme, please contact one of the co-chairs. For more information see the PSB call for papers.

The conference will take place on January 3-7, 2011 at the Fairmont Orchid Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA.

All paper submissions are due July 12, 2010.

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