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Blueprint to Re-develop, Maintain AAAS Signal Transduction Database

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (GenomeWeb News) - The American Association for the Advancement of Science has contracted the Blueprint Initiative-North America to re-develop, maintain, and populate the journal Science's Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment Connections Maps database, Blueprint said today in a statement.

 

Under terms of the agreement, Toronto-based Blueprint will gain a non-exclusive royalty-free worldwide license to the database's Connections Maps Authority Data Entry System, the portal through which users enter data into STKE Connections Maps systems, Blueprint said.

 

The STKE is a web portal featuring reviews, protocols, and perspectives on signaling, the company said. The portal also provides to members a "virtual journal" made up of articles from 19 individual print journals, the company added.

 

Blueprint will add "12 to 15" new pathways and authorities during the curation period, in addition to updating and editing existing entries for clarity and conformity, Blueprint said.

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