This is the web version of the bimonthly DDBJ Mail Magazine (Number 26th).
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Professor Takashi Gojobori (the Director of CIB) was elected as one of the Foreign Honorary Members of the AAAS (American Academy of Arts and Science) on April 22, 2006. This year the AAAS had selected 175 fellows and 20 foreign honorary members from various fields. Prof. Gojobori was recognized for his contribution to the fields of Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology.
The AAAS was founded in 1780 and since then, 4000 American fellows and 600 foreign members were invited as honorary members. It is considered great honor in the United States of America to become a fellow of this academy since members include some of the former U.S. Presidents and the Nobel Prize laureates.
Previously from the National Institute of Genetics, some pelple, such as Dr. Motoo Kimura and Dr. Tomoko Ota, were selected as honorary members of AAAS. However, from DDBJ, Prof. Gojobori becomes the first scientist to receive this honor. Dr. Gojobori has been also acknowledged as a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) on last September, 2005.
GIB (Genome Information Broker) is a comprehensive data repository of complete genomes of microorganisms and some eukaryote species. Currently, stores 352 complete genomes of archeal and bacterial species.
The genome sequence and annotation are download-able strain by strain from the top page of GIB and also can be accessed from the FTP download site that was opened to the public (ftp://ftpgib.genes.nig.ac.jp/).
Recently, there has been a major update of the content of the H-Invitational database and related databases. The main updates are the following:
H-Invitational Database CIB-DDBJ Flat File Server
Mirror H-Invitational Database(H-InvDB)
The massive sequence data which were collected by DDBJ and released through the INSD (International Nucleotide Sequence Database) from this January to March are as follows:
♦ The 19th International Collaborative Meeting and International Advisory Committee were held at NCBI.
The International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC) have been developed and maintained between DDBJ, EMBL and GenBank since 1986. To promote its activities smoothly, we annually hold an International Collaborative meeting (ICM) and an Internatinal Advisory Committee (IAC). In this year, both meetings were held at NCBI (USA). The ICM took place from May 15th to17th, and several staffs and annotators from DDBJ attended this annual meeting, where they extensively discussed practical operations and various other issues related to the activities of INSDC.
The IAM meeting was held from May 18th to 19th and some of the DDBJ staffs also participated in this meeting to discussed on general guidelines for the INSDC.
We are going to post the Report of Collaborative meeting soon at DDBJ HP.
From Release 65, we have added the list of "Journal Ranking 100 by entries/papers" to the Breakdown statistics. This list is based on the frequency of appearance of entries and papers from REFERENCE lines of the flat file in Release 65. For more information, please refer to "Breakdown statistics"
The nucleotide sequence database collected and maintained by DDBJ is quarterly released online to the public. We completed DDBJ Release 65 on March 30, 2006. DDBJ Release 65 consists of 55,890,995 entries, and the number of bases reached 60,564,721,635. Visit DDBJ FTP site for accessing new periodical release and download new data.
* DDBJ date : the released date from DDBJ web page.
* Rate of increase : increasing rate in comparison with the previous Release
In addition, along with the Release 65, we updated the "Top 30 organisms of DDBJ current release(-Release 65)" in which Aedes aegypti (Dengue Mosquito) newly jumped into the Top list.
From the beginning of this May, there were several troubles which made our services be temporarily suspended. Since many of these problems happened during night time and weekends, the restoration of services was delayed and took long to be recovered. We deeply apologize for any inconveniences that this may have caused to our users.
We will try to set the preventive measures to cope with such unexpected troubles immediately.
Professor Takashi Gojobori
The National Institute of Genetics, CIB/DDBJ Director
The research project of DDBJ preliminary started from the begging of 1980s. The official activities started from 1986, when the current CIB/DDBJ building was constructed at the NIG (National Institute of Genetics). As you may know, DDBJ have constructed the International Nucleotide Sequence Databases (INSD) in collaboration with EBI (EMBL) in Europe and NCBI (GenBank) in the US, and have been working together for twenty years.
On this May 15-19, we hold the annual International collaborative meeting and advisory meeting at NIH. In this meeting, it was highlighted that as one of the international corporative research activities, the INSD activities were highly valued, and also evaluated as a successful model in the American research history.
We really appreciate all the submitters of the data and the users who strongly have been supporting us.
From now on, we will carry out coalition with other Asian countries and, as one of the responsible members of life science, actively cooperate with the government which plan to make the unification of databases.
We sincerely ask for further support of each field and each district.
Last modified: Oct. 07, 2011