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‘Vital’ US organism databases at risk following budget cuts

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Biologists say databases with information on model organisms must be protected

Databases in the United States that provide researchers with curated, open-access information about organisms that are essential for biomedical research are “in jeopardy” because of budget cuts, biologists have warned.

In an article published late last month in the Company of Biologists journal Development, six researchers said they were “deeply concerned” that reductions in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health could mean that “vital” model organism databases—which have been the primary means of cataloguing and organising data on model organisms for 25 years—were at risk.

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