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Friday, March 28, 2008

New OA database on human oral microbes

The Human Oral Microbiome Database is an OA database of information about microbes which live in the human oral cavity. The database went live on March 26. The database will contain "descriptions of the microbes, their metabolism, and their ability to cause disease ... linked to information on their DNA and proteins, as well as to the scientific literature."

The project is funded by the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, and overseen by scientists at the Forsyth Institute and King’s College London. The database is related to the Human Microbiome Project, launched in December 2007, by NIH to sequence the genomes of representative human microorganisms. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)