The “Minimum Information about an ENvironmental Sequence” (MIENS) specification

Yilmaz, Pelin; Kottmann, Renzo; Field, Dawn; Knight, Rob; Cole, James R.; Amaral-Zettler, Linda; Gilbert, Jack A.; Karsch-Mizrachi, Ilene; Johnston, Anjanette; Cochrane, Guy; Vaughan, Robert; Hunter, Christopher; Park, Joonhong; Morrison, Norman; Rocca-Serra, Phillipe; Sterk, Peter; Arumugam, Mani; Baumgartner, Laura; Birren, Bruce W.; Blaser, Martin J.; Bonazzi, Vivien; Bork, Peer; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; Chain, Patrick; Costello, Elizabeth K.; Huot-Creasy, Heather; Dawyndt, Peter; DeSantis, Todd; Fierer, Noah; Fuhrman, Jed; Gallery, Rachel E.; Gibbs, Richard A.; Giglio, Michelle Gwinn; San Gil, Inigo; Glass, Elizabeth M.; Gonzalez, Antonio; Gordon, Jeffrey I.; Guralnick, Robert; Hankeln, Wolfgang; Highlander, Sarah; Hugenholtz, Philip; Jansson, Janet; Kennedy, Jerry; Knights, Dan; Koren, Omry; Kuczynski, Justin; Krypides, Nikos; Larsen, Robert; Lauber, Christian L.; Legg, Teresa; Ley, Ruth E.; Lozupone, Catherine A.; Ludwig, Wolfgang; Lyons, Donna; Maguire, Eamonn; Methe, Barbara A.; Meyer, Folker; Nakielny, Sara; Nelson, Karen E.; Nemergut, Diana; Neufeld, Josh D.; Pace, Norman R.; Palanisamy, Giriprakash; Peplies, Jorg; Peterson, Jane; Petrosino, Joseph; Proctor, Lita; Raes, Jeroen; Ratnasingham, Sujeevan; Ravel, Jacques; Relman, David A.; Assunta-Sansone, Susanna; Schriml, Lynn; Sodergren, Erica; Spor, Ayme; Stombaugh, Jesse; Tiedje, James M.; Ward, Doyle V.; Weinstock, George M.; Wendel, Doug; White, Owen; Wilke, Andrea; Wortmann, Jennifer; Glockner, Frank Oliver. 2010 The “Minimum Information about an ENvironmental Sequence” (MIENS) specification. Nature Precedings.

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We present the Genomic Standards Consortium’s (GSC) “Minimum Information about an ENvironmental Sequence” (MIENS) standard for describing marker genes. Adoption of MIENS will enhance our ability to analyze natural genetic diversity across the Tree of Life as it is currently being documented by massive DNA sequencing efforts from myriad ecosystems in our ever-changing biosphere

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