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.