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Sep 10, 2009

NIH to Use Biobase Databases and Analysis Systems for Five More Years

  • NIH has renewed its licensing agreement with Biobase for another five years. The contract provides all 27 NIH institutions with locally installed access to the Biobase Knowledge Library™, which includes Transfac® and Proteome® databases. NIH researchers also have access to the ExPlain™ Analysis System, software that facilitates the analysis of large-scale data sets generated by DNA microarrays, proteomics, ChIP-on-chip, and Chip-Seq experiments.


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