October 1, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 17)
Strong Points: Large catalog of antibodies, detailed information
Weak Points: Somewhat difficult to navigate
Although treatment of HIV has come a long way in the last few decades, researchers are still actively trying to find better ways of combating this deadly virus. To help with this goal, there are apps like the HIV Antibody Database, which compiles into one place an extensive list of antibodies that recognize and neutralize HIV-1. The app allows users to browse through antibodies, their structures, and viruses. The app includes extensive information about each antibody catalogued in the app, including coverage curves, IC50 tables, and crystal data. Users can also display the structure of the antibodies and are able to examine each part of the structure in detail. The app also includes references so that users can turn to the primary literature for additional information. The HIV Antibody Database is an excellent resource for scientists studying HIV and searching for more information about the antibodies that can combat it.