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New DictyBase Now Open For Business

Chisholm, Rex (NUMS) r-chisholm at
Mon Jun 16 10:13:20 PDT 2003

New dictyBase model organism database open for business!
The new model organism database, dictyBase is now available at <> .  This site integrates all of
the information previously at with a model organism database
built on the SGD schema and presentation software.  The database currently
contains all published Dictyostelium literature, published genes, complete
chromosome 2, mitochondrial genome and all of the Japanese ESTs.  As
additional assembled chromosomal sequence becomes available it will also be
included in dictyBase.
The site has a completely new look.   The main menu is shown across the top
of each page and give you access to the genome browser, a blast search tool
to blast your sequences against dictyBase, access to the stock center
(operated a Columbia University by Jakob Franke and Rich Kessin), research
tools and colleague database.  There are also page specific menus on the
left side of most pages.
Perhaps the most important new addition is a search box at the top of every
page.  Enter a gene name, researcher name, or gene product name to be
presented with all the relevant data in the database.  The search box will
also search the dictyNews if you check the tick box below it.
The data in dictyBase is curated by two full time scientific curators.  This
assures data quality and integrates biological knowledge about Dictyostelium
with genome data.  We hope you will give feedback to the curators when you
see information that needs correction or refinement.
The development of this site has been possible because of extensive guidance
and the generosity of the folks at the Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD),
the model organism database community and the Generic Model Organism
Database (GMOD) project.  dictyBase is funded by a grant from the National
Institute for General Medical Sciences, NIH.
We hope the new dictyBase will serve the needs of the research community.
Please visit and let us know what you think.  We look forward to serving
The dictyBase group:
Patricia Dyck
Petra Fey
Pascale Gaudet
Eric Just
Warren Kibbe
Rex Chisholm
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA

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