Start: 2004-05-21, Publication: 2010-05-03
Understanding nature's mute but elegant language of living cells is the quest of modern molecular biology. From an alphabet
of only four letters representing the chemical subunits of DNA emerges a syntax of life processes whose most complex expression
is man. The unraveling and use of this "alphabet" to form new "words and phrases" is a central focus of the field of molecular
biology. The staggering volume of molecular data and its cryptic and subtle patterns have led to an absolute requirement for
computerized databases and analysis tools. The challenge is in finding new approaches to deal with the volume and complexity
of data and in providing researchers with better access to analysis and computing tools to advance understanding of our genetic
legacy and its role in health and disease.
Name:National Center for Biotechnology Information
NCBI is a national resource for molecular biology information. The late Senator Claude Pepper recognized the importance of
computerized information processing methods for the conduct of biomedical research and sponsored legislation that established
the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on November 4, 1988, as a division of the National Library of Medicine
(NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NLM was chosen for its experience in creating and maintaining biomedical
databases, and because as part of NIH, it could establish an intramural research program in computational molecular biology.
The collective research components of NIH make up the largest biomedical research facility in the world.
- National Library of Medicine (NLM)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)