Three New Databases Provide Easily Accessible Genome Information
Oakland-based DoubleTwist has launched three new databases that provide scientists with an accessible way to obtain information about the genomes of humans and mice. The databases, which were launched earlier this week on the company's Web site, www.doubletwist.com, are an expansion of the company's previous project, which took raw DNA data from the publicly funded human genome project and organized it into a format that scientists could "easily use." Two of the new databases catalog and organize human and mouse genome data culled from public projects, helping scientists "get a handle" on the structure of a gene by grouping and stringing together related RNA fragments with computer algorithms. The third database compiles information about "known genes" and gives scientists a "one-stop tour of a gene's function, biochemistry and associated diseases." Access to the databases is free on a limited basis; higher access levels range from $10,000 for Web-based access to millions of dollars to purchase database software (Silber, Contra Costa Times, 4/25).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.