Useful bioinformatic websites (available freely on the internet)

  • National Center for Biotechnology Information (—maintains bioinformatic tools and databases
  • National Center for Genome Resources (—links scientists to bioinformatics solutions by collaborations, data, and software development
  • Genbank (—stores and archives DNA sequences from both large scale genome projects and individual laboratories
  • Unigene (—gene sequence collection containing data on map location of genes in chromosomes
  • European Bioinformatic Institute (—centre for research and services in bioinformatics; manages databases of biological data
  • Ensembl (—automatic annotation database on genomes
  • BioInform (—global bioinformatics news service
  • SWISS-PROT (—important protein database with sequence data from all organisms, which has a high level of annotation (includes function, structure, and variations) and is minimally redundant (few duplicate copies)
  • International Society for Computational Biology (—aims to advance scientific understanding of living systems through computation; has useful bioinformatic links

Ref: 10.1136/bmj.324.7344.1018

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