Current State of and Future Opportunities for Prediction in Microbiome Research: Report from the Mid-Atlantic Microbiome Meet-up in Baltimore on 9 January 2019.

Published on Oct 8, 2019
· DOI :10.1128/MSYSTEMS.00392-19
Eric G. Sakowski4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Johns Hopkins University),
Eric G. Sakowski4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Johns Hopkins University)
+ 27 AuthorsSarah P. Preheim19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Johns Hopkins University)
ABSTRACT Accurate predictions across multiple fields of microbiome research have far-reaching benefits to society, but there are few widely accepted quantitative tools to make accurate predictions about microbial communities and their functions. More discussion is needed about the current state of microbiome analysis and the tools required to overcome the hurdles preventing development and implementation of predictive analyses. We summarize the ideas generated by participants of the Mid-Atlantic Microbiome Meet-up in January 2019. While it was clear from the presentations that most fields have advanced beyond simple associative and descriptive analyses, most fields lack essential elements needed for the development and application of accurate microbiome predictions. Participants stressed the need for standardization, reproducibility, and accessibility of quantitative tools as key to advancing predictions in microbiome analysis. We highlight hurdles that participants identified and propose directions for future efforts that will advance the use of prediction in microbiome research.
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