DATABASES: Genome Express

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Science  23 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5512, pp. 2281
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5512.2281d

In a hurry to find up-to-date gene information on model plants and animals. Then check out euGenes, an express ride into seven popular genome databases.

Drawing on methods used by FlyBase, the well-known Drosophila genome site, euGenes (short for Genomic Information for Eukaryotic Organisms) provides a single interface for trolling public databases of the fruit fly, human, mouse, mustard weed, worm, yeast, and zebrafish genome sequences. (The rice genome sequence is coming soon.) The search options are simpler than those for some individual organism databases. That makes the site easy to use for students and nonspecialists, says developer Don Gilbert of Indiana University, Bloomington. But if the reports on sequence, map, and functional data aren't enough, links lead to more detailed databases. Gilbert says euGenes should also be a boon to anyone looking for gene relationships across species.

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