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The official repository for human genome mapping data

Matthew Betts

Genome Biology 2000, 1:reports216  doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-1-reports216

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:

Received:12 November 1999
Published:17 March 2000

© 2000 BioMed Central Ltd

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The Genome Database (GDB) is the official central repository for mapping data from the International Human Genome Initiative. The data available are of three types: genomic segments (including genes, expressed sequence tags - ESTs and contigs); cytogenetic, contig, and other types of map; and polymorphism information. All these data are integrated and can be searched in a variety of ways, from chromosome location to protein name. Links to external resources, such as SWISS-PROT and the Mouse Genome Database at the Mouse genome informatics site, are provided where appropriate.


Navigation is easy. The simplest general searches are available directly from the front page, and more detailed or specific searches have their own pages.

Reporter's comments


The site is regularly updated when new data become available.

Best feature

This very comprehensive set of data is integrated well with external resources. The help pages are also very useful.

Worst feature

Some of the displays require a Java-compatible browser, although the data can be viewed in a simpler format if preferred.

Related websites

The Genome sequence database and Mouse genome informatics.

Table of links

Assumptions made about all sites unless otherwise specified:
The site is free, in English and no registration is required. It is relatively quick to download, can be navigated by an 'intermediate' user, and no problems with connection were found. The site does not stipulate that any particular browser be used and no special software/plug-ins are required to view the site. There are relatively few gratuitous images and each page has its own URL, allowing it to be bookmarked.