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GIB-IS - Genome information broker

NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 484
Sugawara H.
Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan, National Institute of Genetics, 1111 Yata, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-8540, Japan

Database Description

Genome Information Broker is a comprehensive database of microbial genomes in the public domain. We started the database to diffuse the complete genome data of Escherichia coli and have expanded to capture all the mirobial genome data from the database of International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration ( The user interface is interacive and composed of text and graphics. For the retrieval and analysis of sequences and annotation, GC plot, blast, search by ORF names and keyword are available either for a single genomes or multiple genomes in a session.

Recent Developments

The database includes 27 archaea, 306 bacteria and 5 eukaryota genomes. We will keep updating and adding complete microbial genome data.


We thank Naoto Tanaka, Masaki Hirahata, Takashi Abe, Yasumasa Shigemoto (Fujitsu) and Yoshikazu Kuwana (Fujitsu) for the evaluation of the system and excellent IT infrastructure support. This work is supported by the Japan Science Technology Agency and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


1. Fumoto M, Miyazaki S, Sugawara H. (2002) Genome Information Broker (GIB): data retrieval and comparative analysis system for completed comparative analysis system for completed microbial genomes and more. Nucleic Acids Res. 30(1):66-68.

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