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International Molecular Exchange Consortium Formed to Share Molecular Interaction Data

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (GenomeWeb News) - Executives from five molecular interaction databases have signed an agreement to share curation efforts and exchange completed records, thereby forming the International Molecular Exchange consortium, according to a statement released this week.


Participating databases include:


·         The Blueprint Initiative Asia in Singapore and The Blueprint Initiative North America in Toronto

·         DIP, UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics, Los Angeles

·         IntAct, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK

·         MINT, University of Rome "Tor Vergata," Italy

·         MPact, MIPS/Institute for Bioinformatics, Munich, Germany


IMEx, as the project is called, will provide "a network of stable, synchronized and freely accessible databases, and will serve as a way to jointly capture all published molecular interaction data in a manner similar to the successful global collaborations for protein and DNA sequences, and for macromolecular structures," the participants said in a statement.


It is anticipated that further databases will join IMEx in the future, the participants said.

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