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Consortium Releases New Version of Protein Family Alignment Collection


HINXTON, UK--The Pfam Consortium, a group of researchers at the Sanger Centre and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has released Pfam version 3.3, an upgrade to the Pfam database. Pfam (http://www.; or is a collection of protein domain family alignments which were constructed semi-automatically using profile hidden Markov models. Pfam 3.3 contains 1,390 families, 46 more than Pfam 3.2, which contain functional annotation and cross-references to other databases.

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