Reveal invisible worlds: The microbiome

Within the world of humans, plants, and animals we can see, there exist invisible ecosystems made up of millions of species. Microbial organisms such as bacteria and viruses thrive in—and shape—every environment on the planet, including the human body. Yet only the smallest fraction of these organisms has been characterized and studied. A collaborative, community-driven effort using the latest genomic and computational methods aims to reveal this largely unknown world. Cataloging these species and understanding their biology may lead to breakthroughs in agriculture, fuel production, and medicine.