National Center for Biotechnology Information

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About the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)


Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.

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Contents of the Data

  • dbGaP: NCBI's Genome Wide Association Database
    • NCBI's dbGaP (database of Genotypes and Phenotypes) provides data from Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS), which are helping elucidate the link between genes and disease. For each study, users have access to detailed information about the phenotypic variables measured and pre-computed associations between subjects' phenotypes and genotypes.
  • GenBank
    • GenBank® is the NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences (Nucleic Acids Research, 2008 Jan;36(Database issue):D25-30). There are approximately 85,759,586,764 bases in 82,853,685 sequence records in the traditional GenBank divisions and 108,635,736,141 bases in 27,439,206 sequence records in the WGS division as of February 2008.
  • Research at NCBI
    • People, projects, and seminars
  • Software engineering
    • Tools, R&D, and databases
  • Education
    • Teaching resources and on-line tutorials
  • FTP site
    • Download data and software