Title:IUBio Archive for Biology Data and Software




Date Reviewed:May 20, 2002


Description:Features euGenes, a genomic information system from a number of eukaryotic organism databases including human, mouse, fruitfly, Arabidopsis, C. elegans, Yeast and Zebrafish.Capable of displaying graphic genome maps as drawn by gnomap as well as an interface to search the above genomes for genes or gene products.Also incorporates links to annotated entries and other molecular information.Another feature of the site is a descriptive compilation of a wide range of scientific freeware along with URLs or FTPs where it may be downloaded.Some of the freeware is available on the website itself.IUBio also offers a DNA and protein sequence search engine where one can search multiple popular databases (e.g. Genbank, SwissProt) from one location.Finally, IUBIO hosts a searchable Biomed News archive, a newsgroup dedicated to scientific discussion.†††††


Strengths:Integrates genomic information from a number of sources into a single interface.Also provides a convenient place to gather DNA and protein sequence from multiple sources.Gives you a list and descriptions of more specialized software programs (as well as the more popular software such as TreeView, Clustal and Genedoc) and where you can find them.


Weaknesses:Can be hard to navigate around the website and could have a better user interface.However, with a bit of exploring you can find what you are looking for fairly easily.


Comprehensiveness:euGenes appears to have integrated most of the current genomic information gathered to date.The DNA and protein sequence search engine uses the most popular databases and is also fairly comprehensive.Hard to tell if the software lists are comprehensive, but most of the frequently used programs are listed as well as alot of titles that Iím not familiar with.


Timeliness:IUBio appears to be updated fairly frequently as it has links updated on May 2002.


Responsiveness:No problems accessing any particular page on the website, pulling up graphic displays of whole chromosomes takes about 30 seconds or so.


Similar/Related sites:http://flybase.bio.indiana.edu/

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† http://genome-www.stanford.edu/Saccharomyces/

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† http://www.informatics.jax.org/

Ö.and other primary databases found at†††††† http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/



Overall Evaluation:4


Reviewer:Nick Mesires