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Apr 01, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 7)

InnateDB

URL:www.innatedb.ca
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This website holds a certain “innate” appeal for immunology researchers as it is an excellent database for gene interactions and pathways related to innate immunity. A collaboration between groups at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the Teagasc Animal Bioscience Centre in Ireland, Innate DB provides users with many ways to explore the information contained within the database. With three options, you can search by genes and proteins, molecular interactions, or pathway. You can upload a list of genes to analyze in the context of molecular interactions, and you can visualize networks of molecular interactions. The website also provides links to free software programs and other gene-interaction databases. The page is organized well and with its wealth of resources, one could spend a lot of time mining the database. (I dare say that it is infectious.)

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