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Introduction to Bacteria
Bacteria Servers and Databases
A genome database for Synechocystis sp. strain PC6803, a cyanobacterium.
Two incredible maps (choose GIF or JAVA clickable maps) provide direct
click access to more detailed maps and then (with another click on the
detailed maps) to sequence information. A very specific but well
- Genomics: A Global
The purpose of this website is to provide a dynamic and accessible
information resource on emerging genomics-related issues. The goal is to
continue to add scientifically- and technically-valid and otherwise useful
information on the subject of genomics as it becomes available, and to
list other sources of genomics-related information.
Sequence Database- GSDB contains complete bacterial genome information
for Haemophilus influenzae and Mycoplasma genitalium.
Sequences are available as flat files that can be downloaded. The database
provides DNA sequence entry retrieval and ad-hoc SQL-based queries;
electronic data submission methods and submission tracking reports;
on-line database update methods; and access to all GSDB software and
documentation for downloading and on-line reading. The System for
Integrated Genome Map Assembly (SIGMA) provides a hypertext, "guided tour"
introduction to SIGMA, sample chromosome maps, and easy
access to the software and documentation. A Small Business Assistance home page and an Ethical, Legal, and
Social Issues (ELSI) database/home page are currently being developed and
will be available soon.
- What Is There?- "The WIT
system helps users create metabolic reconstructions, which is made
possible by the recent abundance of complete bacterial genomic sequences.
Such reconstructions will for the first time set the stage for meaningful
simulations of the basic behaviour of microbes, and may thus significantly
advance microbial biology."
- Kazusa DNA
Research Institute- The KDRI is a new institute. Its home page
describes research activities, and provides databases containing "the
genome sequences of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis
sp. and the Human Full Length cDNA. CyanoBase can be searched by a graphic representation of the
map, by category, or by keyword. An Arabidopsis Thaliana database
is also being constructed.
- List of Bacterial Names with Standing in Nomenclature - This is an annotated, searchable guide to the official nomenclature of bacteria and the nomenclatural changes as cited in the Approved Lists of Bacterial Names, or published or validated in the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. The site is organized both alphabetically and chronologically and the entire list can be downloaded.
Plant and Animal Bacteria Diseases
- The Bad Bug
Book- This site is a online version of the FDA's guide on food
poisoning. There are many links to various illnesses and syndromes caused
by ingestion of plants, fungi, protozoans and fish. The intent in each
chapter is to provide basic facts regarding these organisms and toxins, including their
characteristics, habitat or source, associated foods, infective dose,
characteristic disease symptoms, complications, recent and/or major
outbreaks, and any susceptible populations. The chapters contain minimal information on the
analytical methods used to detect, isolate, and/or identify the pathogens
or natural toxins.
- Emerging Infections
Information Network- This site is designed to suppliment seminars at
the Yale University School of Medicine, and offers forums for discussing
the current weeks topic. What is of interest to someone who is not
affiliated with the school are the multimedia arcives of previous seminars. These include
records of forum discussions as well as slides, movies, and
on the Web- This site offers clinical and laboratory information about
viruses and bacteria which affect human health. References are included
with the information.
- The Helicobacter
Foundation- This page serves as a repository for information
regarding clinical concerns involving Helicobacter pylori and the
Helicobacter Foundation, which was chartered in 1994 in
order to disseminate information to the public concerning the dangers and
remedies of Helicobacter infection. As such, the page informs visitors of
the latest discoveries of transmission factors, new drug
developments, and successful diet therapies. In addition, general
tutorials on the pathogenesis and biology of Helicobacter provide the
visitor with a good background for understanding the material at hand.
and Emerging Plant Diseases Project- The New and Emerging Plant
Diseases Project (Department of Plant Pathology, NC State University)
provides a comprehensive listing of new, emerging, and re-emerging
plant diseases. Plant diseases are organized by fungal, bacterial, viral, and nematode diseases, in addition to
chronic / spreading diseases known for more than 20 years and unreported threatening plant diseases. Data may be
viewed sorted by disease, host, or pathogen.
Other Bacterial Sites on the Web
Manual- This page is a comprehensive introduction to cryopreservation
from Taylor-Wharton RDF Cryogenics. Topics covered include an introduction, the preparation,
equilibration, freezing, storage, and reconstitution of cell lines, as well as the determination of recovered cells. The site lists
hints for freezing different types of cell lines, among them animal and
plant cell lines, microorganisms, and viruses. The manual has helpful
diagrams, a useful reference chart of storage temperatures and cryoprotective agents, as well
as a step-by-step protocol and references.
- The Microbiology Network - Includes a virtual library for microbiologists, links to discussion groups, web links to employment services, other web resources and microbiology file libraries. The site, supported by commercial sponsors, describes its "strong area of interest" as regulatory microbiology in the pharmaceutical, food, and personal care industries.
- The Microbe
Zoo- This site is set up nicely and is incredibly user friendly.
It uses a map to guide the user. Simply click on an environment of the map
and information relating the chosen environment and microbes is given. For
example, one section of the map is called DirtLand. Once in the "DirtLand"
environment the site gives detailed information on microbes presence and
function in soil. There are other environments on the site to view
microbes, such as animal, space, and water environments.
- Microbes in the News-
Microbes in the News is an effort to provide acurate accounts of
current events related to microbiology as an educational resource on the
World Wide Web. The articles, which often concern the effects that
microbes have on the daily lives of both scientists and non-scientists,
are collected from various press sources and synopsized for publication to
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