Summary: Shotgun metagenomics by high-throughput sequencing may allow deep and accurate characterization of host-associated total microbiomes, including bacteria, viruses, protists and fungi. However, the analysis of such sequencing data is still extremely challenging in terms of both overall accuracy and computational efficiency, and current methodologies show substantial variability in misclassification rate and resolution at lower taxonomic ranks or are limited to specific life domains (e.g. only bacteria). We present here MetaShot, a workflow for assessing the total microbiome composition from host-associated shotgun sequence data, and show its overall optimal accuracy performance by analyzing both simulated and real datasets.
Availability and Implementation: https://github.com/bfosso/MetaShot.
Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.
- High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing/methods
- Sequence Analysis, DNA/methods