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Aug 01, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 14)

Colibri Web Server

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Is the world ready for another website dedicated to information about E. coli? That’s a question that the designers of the Colibri site hope the answer to is ‘Yes!’ Modeled after the SubtiList database (genolist.pasteur.fr/SubtiList), Colibri aims to collate and integrate genomic information from E. coli and contains a complete set of DNA and protein sequences linked to relevant annotations and functional assignments. Such info can be retrieved using multiple criteria, including gene names, location, keywords, etc. Organization on the opening page is pretty good, with options for either performing various text-based searches in the left frame panel or clicking on a graphic depiction of the circular chromosome. The roots of the title of the site are a bit of a mystery though. Coli–library? Who knows?
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