What’s the Answer? (host-pathogen pairs)

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This week’s highlighted question:

Database of host and pathogen pairs

I’m looking to do a project on predicting which bacteria colonize a particular host and determine the genomic features which determine these interactions.

Does anyone know of a good database which annotates any known interactions? I know I could pull the cross-organism interactions from a PPI database like BIND but that only gives a handful of examples and seems to be over restrictive.

Will

I thought that was an interesting problem to tackle. Especially as we are going to be seeing more and more intriguing details come out of microbiome projects. I knew that the MINT database has a virus component that explored those sorts of interactions, but this question was a different twist on that.

There is a selected answer that relies on mining GenBank, but there are other interesting possibilities explored in the suggestions from other BioStar users as well. Check out the answers.