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The Growth Factor
A look at how the top databases grew last year

December 2001

December 2002
Net Growth
% Growth

GenBank

Release #
127.0
132.0
Base Pairs
15,849,921,438
26,525,934,656
10,676,013,218
67%
Entries
14,976,310
19,808,101
4,831,791

32%

Storage Requirements
58.12 GB
83.35 GB
25.23 GB
43%

Swiss-Prot

Release #
40.0
40.38
Annotated Sequences
101,602
120,607
19,005
19%
Total Amino Acids
37,315,215
44,241,233
6,926,018
19%
References Used
91,880
101,822
9,942
11%

Protein Data Bank

Total Entries
16,972
19,469
2,497
15%
Proteins, Peptides, Viruses
15,200
17,534
2,334
15%
Nucleic Acids
1,041
1,116
75
7%
Protein/Nucleic Acid Complexes
713
801
88
12%
Carbohydrates
18
18
The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.