Keeping Up Databases

An editorial appearing in Nature last month discusses the major problem facing biological databases and repositories: funding. After providing 10 years of support, the US National Science Foundation is discontinuing its funding of the Arabidopsis Information Resource and Japan has cut the RIKEN BioResource Centre's funds by a third.

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