Encyclopedia of Metagenomics

Living Edition
| Editors: Karen E. Nelson

MEtaGenome ANalyzer (MEGAN): Metagenomic Expert Resource

  • Daniel H. Huson
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6418-1_4-1



MEGAN is a tool for analyzing metagenomic sequencing data, allowing the user to interactively explore the taxonomic and functional content of a dataset. It also supports the comparison of multiple datasets. The program was originally published in (Huson et al. 2007), and the most recent version was published in (Huson et al. 2011). Written in Java, the program runs on all major operating systems. The program can be downloaded from http://www-ab.informatik.uni-tuebingen.de/software/megan.


Metagenomics is the study of uncultured organisms in their native environment using DNA sequencing (Handelsman et al. 1998). In a typical project, DNA (or, in the case of meta-transcriptomics, cDNA reverse-transcribed from RNA) is extracted from an environmental sample and then shotgun sequenced. Once a metagenome dataset of DNA sequencing reads has been generated in this way, the first three main computation challenges are to (1) estimate...


Reference Sequence Reference Database Multiple Dataset Taxonomic Analysis NCBI Taxonomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Bioinformatics, Algorithms in BioinformaticsUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany