UNIT 11.4 Using Model Organism Databases (MODs)

  1. Stacia R. Engel

Published Online: 1 JUN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470089941.et1104s01

Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques

Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques

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Engel, S. R. 2009. Using Model Organism Databases (MODs). Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques. 1:11.4:11.4.1–11.4.17.

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  1. Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California

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  1. Published Online: 1 JUN 2009
  2. Published Print: JUN 2009

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Model Organism Databases (MODs) represent the union of database technology and biology, and are essential to modern biological and medical research. Research communities are producing floods of new data, of increasingly different types and complexity. MODs assimilate this information from a wide variety of sources, organize it in a comprehensible manner, and make it freely available to the public via the Internet. MODs permit researchers to sort through massive amounts of data, providing access to key information that they might otherwise have overlooked. The protocols in this unit offer a general introduction to different types of data available in the growing number of MODs, and approaches for accessing, browsing, and querying these data. Curr. Protoc. Essential Lab. Tech. 1:11.4.1-11.4.17. © 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • Genome project;
  • genetics;
  • DNA sequence;
  • gene model;
  • protein function