DATABASE: The Lowdown on Some Scary Bugs

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Science  19 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5567, pp. 435
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5567.435d

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about sexually transmitted microbes but were afraid to ask—or at least about their genetic blueprint. This storehouse from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico holds complete genome sequences and maps for eight pathogens that cause sexually transmitted diseases. They include Chlamydia trachomatis, three kinds of herpesviruses, the human papillomavirus, and Treponema pallidum, the corkscrew-shaped bacterium that causes syphilis. Zoom in on the maps to find sequences for particular genes, the proteins they encode, and the proteins' likely functions. For the bacterial nasties, you can find out where the gene falls in the bug's biochemical pathways.

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