Model organism databases: essential resources that need the support of both funders and users

Stephen Oliver, Antonia Lock, Midori Harris, Paul Nurse & Valerie Wood
Abstract Modern biomedical research depends critically on access to databases that house and disseminate genetic, genomic, molecular, and cell biological knowledge. Even as the explosion of available genome sequences and associated genome-scale data continues apace, the sustainability of professionally maintained biological databases is under threat due to policy changes by major funding agencies. Here, we focus on model organism databases to demonstrate the myriad ways in which biological databases not only act as repositories but...

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