We develop and integrate viral ecology-focused tools, collect viral datasets, and create viral protocols. Our goal is to provide a community resource for viral ecology research.
iVirus started as a means to fill a void in the sequencing and analysis pipeline where few tools were designed for viruses in mind. Even today, many tools do not "think about" the unique challenges that viruses pose from sequence collection to extraction, to assembly and identification.
We develop tools, data, and metadata resources specifically with viral ecology in mind. We frequently integrate and leverage tools whose areas we lack expertise (e.g., assembly algorithms or read quality control) alongside our own tools, critically to maintain a processing pipeline's stability.
Read our iVirus work, published in ISMEJ. And check out some other research that is directly supported by iVirus members or work.Read More
iVirus uses resources to support its computational efforts. NSF-funded CyVerse and DOE-funded KBase. Both offer very different design philosophies to complement the various needs of different researchers.