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Blueprint, Munich Information Center of Protein Sciences Seek to Improve Both BIND and MIPS Databases

NEW YORK, April 1 (GenomeWeb News) - Blueprint Initiative and the Munich Information Center of Protein Sciences said that the European center will adopt Blueprint data-assembly practices and become an active participant in the curation of peer-reviewed scientific data for Blueprints' Biomolecular Interaction Network Database.


"Where MIPS appends interaction information of genomic data, Blueprint North America curates interactions by referring to genomic data," said Chris Hogue, the leader of Blueprint who is also a researcher at Toronto's Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. "I am very enthusiastic about marrying MIPS' expertise of genome annotation with BIND's robust data model and curation practices."


MIPS is hosted by the Institute for Bioinformatics, which is part of the GSF-NationalResearchCenterfor Environment and Health.


Hans-Werner Mewes, the director of IBI, said that the new agreement effectively brings together complementary aspects of MIPS and BIND, which will allow for the advancement of both databases.


"MIPS and BIND have long shared a mutual respect," he said. "[This agreement] will allow us to advance MIPS and BIND towards our common goal of capturing and serving up the world's interaction data as equal partners."

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