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Sources for background information

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  • NCBI Nucleotide - Genome, gene and transcript sequence data, as part of the International Nucleotide Sequece Database (INSD) shares records with EMBL-Bank and DDBJ
  • EMBL-Bank - product of the European Bioiformatics Institute, as part of the INSD collaboration shares records with GenBank and DDBJ
  • DNA Data Bank of Japan - (DDBJ) the sole nucleotide sequence data bank in Asia, as part of the INSD collaboration shares records with GenBank and EMBL-Bank
  • UCSC Genome Browser - contains official public DNA sequence of draft assemblies of a number of genomes
  • Endyclopedia of DNA Elements - a comprehensive parts list of functional elements in the human genome
  • NCBI Genomes & Maps - NCBI's suite of databases and tools related to genomics
  • IHEC Data Portal - International Human Epigenome Consortium
  • VISTA - a comprehensive suite of programs and databases for comparative analysis of genomic sequences
  • Genomes Online Database - comprehensive access to information regarding genome and metagenome sequencing projects
  • Legume Information System - a collaborative, community resource to facilitate crop improvement by integrating genetic, genomic, and trait data across legume species


  • RCSB Protein Data Bank - 3D structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids by the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics
  • UniProt - resource of protein sequence and functional information
  • NCBI Proteins - NCBI's suite of databases and tools related to proteomics
  • Human Mitochondrial Protein Database - comprehensive data on mitochondrial and human nuclear encoded proteins

Other resources

  • ExPASy - Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
  • NCBI Taxonomy - classification and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases
  • Primer-BLAST - NCBI tool for finding specific primers
  • Primer3Plus - Select high quality oligonucleotide primers using this re-implemented version of Primer3

Various organism resources

Organism Resource
Mus Musculus

Mouse Genome Informatics

Mouse Phenome Database

Whole Mouse Catalog




Arabidopsis thaliana The Arabidopsis Information Resource
Xenopus Xenbase
Zebrafish Zebra Fish Information Network
Caenorhabditis elegans WormBase
Glycine max SoyBase
Zea mays Maize Genetics and Genomics Database

    Literature databases

    • PubMed - National Library of Medicine database, links to the various NCBI databases
    • MEDLINE (1996-) - database of the National Library of Medicine
    • SciFinder - database of the American Chemical Society (requires registration)
    • Embase - biomedical and pharmaceutical database
    • Scopus - multidisciplinary
    • Web of Science - multidisciplinary

    Methods & techniques

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