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The Comprehensive Microbial Resource

NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 66
Peterson, J.D., Davidsen, T.M., Zafar N., White O.
The Institute for Genomic Research, 9712 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, USA

Database Description

One challenge presented by large-scale genome sequencing efforts is effective display of uniform information to the scientific community. The Comprehensive Microbial Resource (CMR) contains robust annotation of all complete prokaryotic genomes and allows for a wide variety of data retrievals. The bacterial information has been placed on the Web at for retrieval using standard web browsing technology. Retrievals can be based on protein properties such as molecular weight or hydrophobicity, GC-content, functional role assignments, Gene Ontology (GO) terms, and taxonomy. The CMR also has special web-based tools to allow data mining using pre-run homology searches, whole genome dot-plots, batch downloading and traversal across genomes using a variety of datatypes. Newly completed genomes available at GenBank are added to the CMR on a quarterly schedule.

Recent Developments

JCVI is offering a new service to the community funded by The U.S. Department of Energy called The Annotation Engine, through which JCVI will provide automated annotation of another center's prokaryotic sequence as well as tools for further analysis.


Supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research and The National Science Foundation.

Go to the abstract in the NAR 2001 Database Issue.
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