In Webinar #3, Scott Jackson, from the National Institute of Standards, will discuss the latest plans for standardization across the entire microbiome workflow in order to generate high quality data to fast track translational applications.
In spite of the huge potential impact of microbiome science, current measurement capabilities are insufficient, particularly for translating discoveries and correlations observed in the lab into commercially viable products and services that improve our quality of life. Data are difficult to compare between experimenters, laboratories, or institutions. Emerging capabilities (e.g., next generation sequencing, metabolomics) are new and not fully characterized for microbiome investigations. Reference samples (i.e., for calibration or quality control) that mimic the complexity of naturally occurring communities are not available. Bioinformatic analysis packages and reference databases remain incomplete. Scott will discuss how we can improve standards to confidently sequence the microbiome.