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Biochem Soc Trans. 2011 Apr;39(2):581-3. doi: 10.1042/BST0390581.

COMBREX: COMputational BRidge to EXperiments.

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  • 1New England Biolabs, 240 County Road, Ipswich, MA 01938, USA.


COMBREX (computational bridges to experimentation) is a project to engage the biological community in providing better functional annotation of genomes. In essence, the project involves the generation by computational biologists of a database of predicted functions for genes in bacterial genomes. Those genes for which no functional assignments have been proven experimentally are then open for bids by biochemists to test the predicted functions. High-priority genes are those for which no previous functional assignment has been made as well as those where uncharacterized examples are present in many genomes. A pilot project is running that focuses on bacterial and archaeal genomes.

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