RESOURCES: Bioinformatics for Dummies

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Science  06 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5796, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5796.27b

Want a rundown on the differences between the UniProt, PROSITE, and PDB protein databases? Wondering how to find a paper that doesn't show up in PubMed? Try a session with the 2can primer from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, U.K. The site guides newbies and intermediate users who want a little help through a host of databases, online tools, and additional resources from EBI and other institutions. In the databases section, for example, you can learn when you might need PROSITE. It's useful for analyzing new proteins because it organizes molecules by characteristic sequences, or motifs, that can point to their functions. The tutorials pages offer detailed how-tos on several EBI programs.

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