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Title: Bioinformatics: Advancing Biotechnology through Information Technology Part I: Molecular Biology Databases
Authors: Adak, Sudeshna
Srivastava, Biplav
Keywords: Bioinformatics;Biological databases;Alignment;Entrez;SRS;BLAST
Issue Date: Jan-2002
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: This paper is intended as a review of molecular biology databases and other Bioinformatics resources available for biotechnologists aiming to use the wealth of genomic data available today. The genomic data along with associated proteomic and functional data are often distributed across multiple databases, requiring a time-consuming search by the user. The explosion of information seen in molecular biology has created a veritable maze, through which careful navigation is required for research and innovation in biotechnology. The paper, one of the series, introduces the readers to the major molecular biology databases and bioinformatics tools such as BLAST for similarity searching and RasMol for protein structure visualization. Subsequent papers will take the readers into a journey across bioinformatics and the biotechnological discoveries that are happening with bioinformatics. Advances in computer technologies and the birth of the internet are also part of this revolution in biology. Online databases have given scientists and researchers across the world access to unimaginable volumes of biologically relevant data. Bioinformatics, a truly multidisciplinary science, aims to use the benefits of computer technologies in understanding the biology of life itself.
Page(s): 101-116
ISSN: 0975-0967 (Online); 0972-5849 (Print)
Appears in Collections: IJBT Vol.01(1) [January 2002]

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