DATABASE: Microbial Get-Together

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Science  18 Mar 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5716, pp. 1701
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5716.1701e

This new clearinghouse from the U.S. Department of Energy can help researchers analyze the deluge of DNA data on microorganisms. Integrated Microbial Genomes stashes nearly 300 draft or completed genome sequences from archaea, bacteria, and other bugs, along with tools for sifting through the data. Visitors can get acquainted with all 2526 protein-coding genes carried by the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus, for example. Besides basic information about the gene, its protein, and its function, you can summon diagrams illustrating which biochemical pathways the gene influences. Browsing tools make it easy to pinpoint similar genes in different organisms and compare them side by side.

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