Science  16 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5507, pp. 1163
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5507.1163b

GenBank, the central database for gene sequence data, isn't the only place to browse the human genome, but it's the best known. Folks at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which tends GenBank and other workhorse databases such as PubMed, also churn out a slew of related resources for genome fans.

NCBI's human genome splash page, freshened up for the genome's publication, now includes a revamped map viewer—a tool for viewing the genome sequence and annotation data—that's faster and more flexible, says NCBI's Kim Pruitt. One improvement: Users can now comb through a true database, rather than use a search engine to flip through individual files.

Not to be forgotten in the genome hoopla are the many handy features on NCBI's home page. They range from a database of macromolecular 3D structures to refreshingly accessible tutorials on bioinformatics.

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