UCSC announced the Archaeal Genome Browser created by the Lowe Lab at UCSC last week. The browser has been accessible for a while, but this is the public ‘unveiling’ and announcement. The interface and use is very similar to the UCSC Genome Browser (free tutorial), though of course modified and geared to the analysis of Archaeal genomes. So add another resource and database to your toolbox, it looks like another good and useful one. As the announcement says:
Currently there are more than 50 completed archaeal genomes, the least studied domain of life. Although archaea and bacteria are both prokaryotes, often co-existing in the same environments, many aspects of archaeal cell biology such as DNA replication, repair, transcription, and translation are homologous to those found in eukaryotes. Some members of archaea are also notable for inhabiting extreme environments, including boiling terrestrial hot springs, black smoker vents at the bottom of the ocean, the ultra briny water of the Dead Sea, and highly acidic drainage water from ore mines, to name a few.