Genome Information Broker (GIB)

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Genome Information Broker (GIB)


Comprehensive database of complete microbial genomes


DNA Data Bank of Japan

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About Genome Information Broker (GIB)

The Genome Information Broker (GIB)[1] is a data resource for many micribial genomes.


The top level page lists the available genomes grouped by taxonomy. Clicking on display level arrows near the top of the page changes the granularity of the display. GIB has information on 377 genomes as of Aug 13, 2006, including eubacteria, archaea, and a few eukaryotic microbes (and Arabidopsis, for some reason).

GIB provides a list of links to "genome projects", which are actually a subset of the online data resources for different genomes. Thus, GIB links to EcoCyc, EcoGene, and the E. coli Genome Project at UW-Madison (but not to ASAP, which has more up-to-date information).

The downloads link at GIB goes to an FTP site where gzipped files are available for information in several different formats.

Using Genome Information Broker (GIB)


Clicking on a particular genome in GIB brings up a display in the right frame. The display is a graphical genome browser that allows different kinds of views, either of the whole genome, or of a specified region. There are links to display GC content, and control inputs to jump to a particular region. Within a region, you can get a graphical view with color-coded features, or a list of features, or the DNA sequence. The page also has links for BLAST and FASTA searches against the target genome, and keyword searches. Each page also has a link to a help page.


File:Gib aa biosynth.png
Amino acid biosynthetic genes marked on the genome view

The keyword search allows you to enter a textword and search against different features in the data set. Features include coding sequences (cds), different kinds of RNAs, replication origins, or miscellaneous features. Searching gives a list of hits and a button that allows you to view their positions on the genome.

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GIB uses PostGRES as the relational database engine, and PHP to generate web pages.

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  1. Fumoto, M et al. (2002) Genome Information Broker (GIB): data retrieval and comparative analysis system for completed microbial genomes and more. Nucleic Acids Res. 30 66-8 PubMed

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