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Nucleic Acids Res. 2002 Jan 1;30(1):66-8.

Genome Information Broker (GIB): data retrieval and comparative analysis system for completed microbial genomes and more.

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Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan, National Institute of Genetics, Yata, Mishima 411-8540, Japan.


Genome Information Broker (GIB) is a powerful tool for the study of comparative genomics. GIB allows users to retrieve and display partial and/or whole genome sequences together with the relevant biological annotation. GIB has accumulated all the completed microbial genome and has recently been expanded to include Arabidopsis thaliana genome data from DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank. In the near future, hundreds of genome sequences will be determined. In order to handle such huge data, we have enhanced the GIB architecture by using XML, CORBA and distributed RDBs. We introduce the new GIB here. GIB is freely accessible at

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