Integrative bioinformatics and omics data source interoperability in the next-generation sequencing era—Editorial


With the advent of high-throughput and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies [1], huge amounts of ‘omics’ data (i.e. data from genomics, proteomics, pharmacogenomics, metagenomics, etc.) are continuously produced. Combining and integrating diverse omics data types is important in order to investigate the molecular machinery of complex diseases, with the hope for better disease prevention and treatment [2]. Experimental data repositories of omics data are publicly available, with the main aim of fostering the cooperation among research groups and laboratories all over the world. However, despite their openness, the effective integrated use of available public sources is hampered by the heterogeneity, complexity and large size of data stored therein.

Briefings in Bioinformatics
Simona E. Rombo
Associate professor

Researcher on Bioinformatics, Network Analysis, Big Data