DATABASES: Proteins Galore

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Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2403
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2403c

If you're looking for the latest on protein sequences and functions, visit the Protein Information Resource (PIR), a storehouse of data on more than 200,000 proteins run by the National Biomedical Research Foundation at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Descended from a collection begun in the 1960s, PIRoffers not just run-of-the-mill sequence data but also information-packed annotations detailing the properties, important regions, and activities of each protein, complete with PubMed links. Gathering and verifying all this data is a mammoth job, and a feature added last week invites visitors to pitch in by contributing references or other information.

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