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CarpeDB


NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 594
Locke, C.J., Caldwell, K.A., Caldwell, G.A.
The University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA

Database Description

CarpeDB is a novel, dynamic, and comprehensive database on the genetics of epilepsy. This database comprises all known genes, both in humans and animal models, which have been directly implicated in seizure susceptibility. CarpeDB also provides researchers with numerous abstracts and accompanying full-text articles, thus validating the incorporation of specific genes into the database. Moreover, CarpeDB includes an interface for routine submission of nascent data from users, as well as hyperlinks to additional Web-based resources that offer supplementary information (e.g. mutations, protein structures, chromosome maps), consequently facilitating epilepsy-related data compilation. Presently, CarpeDB serves as the only available Web-based resource designed specifically for epilepsy genetics.

Acknowledgements

CarpeDB is funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Additional support for the development of CarpeDB comes from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Program Grant to the Department of Biological Sciences, as well as the Computer-Based Honors Program, at The University of Alabama. Special thanks go to Erich Schwarz and Paul Sternberg (WormBase, California Institute of Technology, California) for their comments and suggestions.


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