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  • Milestone: NCBI's Taxonomy database contains over 300,000 species with formal scientific names!

    Apr 18, 2014

    NCBI’s Taxonomy database has now surpassed 300,000 individual records of species with formal scientific names. The majority of these represent eukaryotic organisms. While worldwide estimates of prokaryotic and viral species number in the millions or tens of millions, very few have been formally described, isolated, or are able to be cultured. However, the Taxonomy database contains listings for nearly all of the prokaryotes and viruses that have been described.

  • GenBank release 201.0 is now available via FTP

    Apr 17, 2014

    Release 201.0 (4/13/2014) has 171,744,486 non-WGS, non-CON records containing 159,813,411,760 base pairs of sequence data. In addition, there are 143,446,790 WGS records containing 621,015,432,437 base pairs of sequence data.

  • Enterococci: From commensals to leading causes of drug resistant infection on Bookshelf

    Apr 15, 2014

    “Enterococci: From commensals to leading causes of drug resistant infection” (Michael S Gilmore, Don B Clewell, Yasuyoshi Ike, and Nathan Shankar, editors; Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; 2014), a comprehensive text aiming to advance the understanding of Enterococci is free to access on the NCBI Bookshelf. This book has been compiled from peer-reviewed content contributed by leaders in the Enterococcus research community, and will be regularly updated on the Bookshelf.

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