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Structure (NCBI)

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Provider: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
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Descriptions: The NCBI Structure Group, a part of the Computational Biology Branch of NCBI, developed this suite of four free molecular and protein databases, each of which is itself made up of several others, and all of which can be searched individually. Macromolecular Structures, Conserved Domains, Small Molecules, and Biological Systems are the four main resources here- tools designed to facilitate discovery of sequence, function and structure associations. The tab labeled "Discover" does a good job of explaining how to use the Structure databases and how to access various facets of information on a molecule or protein from any point in NCBI's many resources.
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Plants Database

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Provider: Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA)
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Descriptions: "The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references."
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Encyclopedia of Life

website

Provider: Encyclopedia of Life
Descriptions: The Encyclopedia of Life is a work in progress that aims to dynamically synthesize biodiversity knowledge about all known species: taxonomy, geographic distribution, genetics, evolutionary history, morphology, behavior, ecological relationships, and importance for human well being. As it becomes more complete, it may serve as the primary resource for scientists, natural resource managers, conservationists, teachers, and students around the world. The EOL's creators and contributors believe that "...its encompassing scope and innovation will have a major global impact in facilitating biodiversity research, conservation, and education." The EOL is staffed by both scientists and non-scientists working from museums and research institutions around the world.
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ION (Index to Organism Names)

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Provider: Thomson Reuters
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Descriptions: ION is an index for taxonomic and biodiversity researchers. Taxonomic data and references are compiled from other databases proprietary to Thomson: Zoological Record, Biosis Previews and Biological Abstracts. The organism's place in the hierarchy is shown, along with an assigned unique identification number. Recent references to articles indexed in Thomson databases are included, along with links to recommended web resources like Encyclopedia of Life, Biology Browser and NCBI. This database does not contain common names for organisms, but in many cases names identifiable to the layman are displayed in a mouse-over feature in the taxonomic list. The free Thomson database, Biology Browser is recommended for a less scholarly investigation.
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Gene Ontology

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Provider: Gene Ontology Project
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Descriptions: "The Gene Ontology project is a major bioinformatics initiative with the aim of standardizing the representation of gene and gene product attributes across species and databases. The project provides a controlled vocabulary of terms for describing gene product characteristics and gene product annotation data from GO Consortium members, as well as tools to access and process this data."  The Ontologies describe three aspects of molecular biology- biological processes, cellular components, and molecular functions. Gene Ontology's collected tools list includes hundreds from all over the world: specialized browsers, search engines, statistical analysis and visualization tools, and many other kinds. This project began as a collaboration between three model organism databases, FlyBase (Drosophila), the Saccharomyces Genome Database  and the Mouse Genome Database  in 1998. Since then, the GO Consortium has grown to include many other databases, including several of the world's major repositories for plant, animal and microbial genomes. See the GO Consortium page for a full list of member organizations.
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GQuery: Global Cross-database NCBI Search

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Provider: National Center for Bioinformatics Information (NCBI)
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Descriptions: Integrated, text-based search and retrieval system used at the National Center for Biotechnology Information for its major databases: PubMed, Nucleotide and Protein Sequences, Protein Structures, Complete Genomes, Taxonomy, and others. GQuery integrates the scientific literature, DNA and protein sequence databases, 3D protein structure and protein domain data, population study datasets, expression data, assemblies of complete genomes, and taxonomic information into a tightly interlinked system.
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ITIS: Integrated Taxonomic Information System

website

Provider: ITIS.gov
Descriptions: "Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world... The ITIS is the result of a partnership of federal agencies formed to satisfy their mutual needs for scientifically credible taxonomic information."
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