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MicroScope Bio-informatics platform

The MicroScope platform is an informatics infrastructure dedicated to the annotation and comparative analysis of genomes and metagenomes of microorganisms.

Development of tools for annotation, comparative genomics and comparative metabolism of bacterial genomes
Organisation and management of genomic and metabolic data in database structures
Development of web interfaces and tools for the MicroScope platform
Annotation of newly sequenced genomes and re-annotation of genomes
Processing of NGS data: polymorphism and transcriptome projects
Training in annotation and comparative analysis of genomic and metabolic data

These services are available to the scientific community: (http://www.genoscope.cns.fr/agc/microscope/about/services.php)
Several types of projects are eligible for “basic” or “collaborative” services: i.e. genomics projects, metagenomics projects, RNA-Seq and evolutionary projects.

The MicroScope platform benefits from the informatics infrastructure of the Genoscope: Network attached storage capacity of around 1 PB; Computing power, with direct connection to data servers, provided mainly by x86_64 dual processor servers (approx 500 cores, typically 8 GB/core); Data life cycle management: defining data life cycle enables differentiated measures to be implemented for backup and archiving.

Main achievements
Approximately 4000 bacterial genomes annotated since 2002
As of October 2012: 121 MircoScope projects, 10 metagenomics projects, 14 RNA-Seq projects (up to 6 experiments per project), 4 evolutionary projects (containing dozens of evolved clones). The list of projects currently ongoing and the publications list are available on the platform website: http://www.genoscope.cns.fr/agc/microscope/ ; (menu « About »).

Certification / Quality Assurance
LABGeM: certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards in January 2012. This certification applies to research, development and service activities.

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MicroScope platform: IBiSA certified since 2006.

Plateform Managment
Claudine Médigue
David Vallenet

UMR CEA/CNRS UMR 8030/université d’Evry-Val-d’Essonne
CEA / Institut de Génomique / Genoscope
2, rue Gaston Crémieux 91057 EVRY Cedex - FRANCE


For further information

last update : 2018

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