As I was browsing over NCBI’s homepage, I happened to notice an announcement dated March 2nd that stated that the dbVar resource that Mary mentioned briefly in a weekly tip a while back is now publicly available. Here’s the brief announcement:
Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 1:00:00 PM
NCBI’s new database of Genomic Structural Variation (dbVar) archives large scale genomic variation data as well as associations of defined variants with phenotypic information.
You can find this announcement and others here.
From the dbVar documentation, it looks like it is mostly in ‘collection mode’ at the moment with lots and lots of data being added, FAQs on how to submit to dbVar, and some background information on what structural variation is, and how it is detected. It looks like the actual graphical displays of the variations use NCBI’s Sequence Viewer. It will be interesting to see how this new NCBI resource grows and is utilized.
edit: 3/16 9am – links to dbVar all appear to be down today. We have an email in to NCBI & will keep you posted on anything that we hear from them.
edit 2: 3/16 1pm – The links to dbVar are working for me now. Thanks, NCBI, for the quick fix!