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What are projects?

Projects are related sets of metagenomes. If you for example plan on studying a set of samples from a chronoseries, it might me useful to group them into a project.

What level of privacy does MG-RAST v2.0 provide?

We provide password control and the ability for the submitting entity to control access on a username/password basis to the submitted data sets.

Do you support BLASTing against my private database XYZ?

We currently do not explicitly support this, however the underlying software design end system architecture support this.

How frequently do you update the underlying NR for MG-RAST?

With version 2.0 we have added the support for multiple concurrent sets of sequence similarity results to be stored per metagenome. We can add results for newer NRs. However once you start comparing results for metagenomes (say you are interested in the phylogenetic reconstruction) different versions of the NR used for the underlying data will lead to incorrect comparison results as older versions of NR will miss certain organisms and or annotations.