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2021 bio database growth

SARS-CoV-2 remains a relevant topic for bio database development. According the the NAR database compendium , and our research, at least 25 SARS-CoV-2 data resources are available to the public. Their Immunoprofiling: How it works specialized topics include immunology, genomics, RNA, proteins, drugs, and SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 literature. This post explores the CoV-AbDab database as a resource for studying how antibodies neutralize the virus to protect against serious disease.

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Growt of bio databases 2020

This year, I'm a little late with my post on the Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) database issue . While I was procrastinating, a pandemic broke out. So, unsurprisingly, this year's database topic is viruses. The NAR archive lists more than 32 databases related to viruses. Of these, 22 are still operational and five of the databases have information about SARS-CoV-2.

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Growth of NAR BioDBs

I always look forward to sharing the Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) database issue . This year's blog topic is immunology. The NAR archive lists 31 immunologic databases, but only seven or so are active, and others are not listed in the NAR archive. Read the blog learn more.

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Something interesting happened in 2014. The total number of databases that Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) tracks dropped by three databases! What happened?  Did people quit making databases?  No.  This year, the "dead" databases (links no longer valid) outnumber the new ones. To celebrate Digital World Biology's release of ... Read more

by Todd Smith

Biological data and databases are ever expanding. This year was no exception as the number of databases tracked by Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) grew from 1512 to 1552. In the leadoff introduction [1] the authors summarize this year’s issue and the status of the NAR index. The 21st issue includes 185 articles with 58 new databases and 123 updates. In the 1552 database repository, 193 had their URLs corrected and 24 were removed because they were deemed obsolete.

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It's pretty common these days to pick up an issue of Science or Nature and see people ranting about GenBank (1). Many of the rants are triggered, at least in part, by a wide-spread misunderstanding of what GenBank is and how it works. Perhaps this can be solved through education, but I don't think that's likely. People from the NCBI can explain over and over again that some of the sequence databases in GenBank are meant to be an archival resource (2), and define the term "archive," but that's not going to help. Confusion about database content and oversight is widespread in this ... Read more

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