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biologists needs, databases too!

Carol Bult bult at BENGAL.TIGR.ORG
Tue Mar 23 11:40:26 EST 1993

There has been considerable discussion in the past week about what
software biologists need. I'd like to open the discussion further and
get feedback on what an "ideal" nucleotide/amino acid sequence
database would look like. What kinds of information should be linked
with a particular sequence? What fields would be most helpful for
sorting information? 

An example: I would like to be able to search all the appropriate
databases for sequences (nonredundant sequences!) that are known
members of a particular gene family, I would also like to know which
labs (worldwide) are working on a particular gene family and if clones
of particular genes are provided (and if so, how to get them). I would
also like to be able to sort sequence information taxonomically.

I've been trying to do some of these things with the existing
databases, but I'm running into problems of improper or incomplete
annotations, etc....

So, if YOU were designing a database to "set the standard", how would you set it up?


Carol Bult, Ph.D.			bult at bengal.tigr.org                               
The Institute for Genomic Research
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