DATABASE: Blueprints of Immunity

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Science  17 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5571, pp. 1207
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5571.1207d

Aimed at immunologists, cancer biologists, and AIDS researchers, ImMunoGeneTics supplies sequence databases for genes that govern the immune response. At the 7-year-old site, created by Marie-Paule Lefranc of the Université Montpellier II in France, you can compare and contrast the sequences of hundreds of bug-battling antibodies across a range of vertebrate species. Or follow a link to a database hosted by the European Bioinformatics Institute that holds more than 1400 variants of the human major histocompatibility complex genes, which serve as cellular identity markers and help peg pathogens.

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