DOI: 10.1101/482380Nov 29, 2018Paper

PUMA: A tool for processing 16S rRNA taxonomy data for analysis and visualization

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Keith MitchellJordan Moberg Parker


Microbial community profiling and functional inference via 16S rRNA analysis is quickly expanding across various areas of microbiology due to improvements to technology. There are numerous platforms for producing 16S rRNA taxonomic data which often vary in file and sequence formatting, creating a common barrier in microbiome studies. Additionally, many of the methods for analyzing and visualizing this sequencing data each require their own specific formatting. As a result, efficient and reproducible comparative analysis of taxonomic data and corresponding metadata in multiple programs remains a challenge in the investigation of microbial communities. PUMA, the Program for Unifying Microbiome Analysis, alleviates this problem in microbiome studies by allowing users to take advantage of numerous 16S rRNA taxonomic identification platforms and analysis tools in an efficient manner. PUMA accepts sequencing results from several taxonomic identification platforms and then automates configuration of data and file types for analysis and visualization via many popular tools. The protocol accomplishes this by producing a variety of properly configured, annotated, and altered files for both analysis and visualization of taxonomic communit...Continue Reading

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