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June 22, 2005

LIFE-SCIENCES DATABASES ARE IN CRISIS

From: News -- Nature 435, 1010-1011 (23 June 2005) by Zeeya Merali and Jim Giles

Life-sciences databases are in crisis, say their operators, as funders keen to support exciting new projects lose interest in maintaining existing services. Nature investigates the scale of the problem.

A lack of stable funding is threatening biology's core databases. Unless funding agencies set aside dedicated grants, the fear is that researchers will lose access to information vital to their work.

Several major international databases and research centres, including the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) at Hinxton near Cambridge, UK, face funding cuts. And the outlook for specialist databases is even worse: more than half of the operators contacted by Nature say their databases are updated sporadically or not at all because no funding was available after their original grants expired. Read More.

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