WHAT YOU CAN DO

  •     Find biological sequences not available in other databases
  •     Understand the international research landscape
  •     Identify critical non-patent literature prior art
  •     Stay ahead of the latest technological trends
  •     Establish patent validity and patentability

WHO CAN BENEFIT

  • Intellectual property (IP) professionals
  • Bioinformatics specialists
  • Molecular biologists
  • Licensing and business development professionals

UNRAVEL THE COMPLEX STRANDS OF BIOLOGICAL SEQUENCES

GenBank ® is the NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences.  GenBank is part of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration, which comprises the DNA DataBank of Japan (DDBJ), the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), and GenBank at NCBI. These three organizations exchange data on a daily basis.

From its inception in 1982, GenBank is constantly growing at an exponential rate, doubling every 18 months. With over 228 billion nucleotide bases from more than 199 million (on Feb 2017) individual sequences GenBank provides access within the scientific community to the most up-to-date and wide-ranging DNA sequence information.

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COMPLETE, TIMELY, ANNOTATED DATA WITH THOROUGH COVERAGE

Each GenBank entry includes:

  • a concise description of the sequence
  • the scientific name and taxonomy of the source organism
  • bibliographic references
  • table of features listing areas of biological significance, such as coding regions and their protein translations, transcription units, repeat regions and sites of mutations or modifications

A GenBank release occurs every two months and is available from the ftp site. The release notes for the current version of GenBank provide detailed information about the release and notifications of upcoming changes to GenBank. GenBank growth statistics are available here.

GenBank® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Genetic Sequence Data Bank.

HOW GENBANK AIDS IP PROFESSIONALS

IP specialists are increasingly turning to GenBank via the SequenceBase Research Portal, the online IP research solution with easy-to-use, readily accessible content, search, analysis, and reporting tools.

The GenBank database is designed to provide and encourage access within the scientific community to the most up to date and comprehensive DNA sequence information. Therefore, NCBI places no restrictions on the use or distribution of the GenBank data. However, some submitters may claim patent, copyright, or other intellectual property rights in all or a portion of the data they have submitted. NCBI is not in a position to assess the validity of such claims, and therefore cannot provide comment or unrestricted permission concerning the use, copying, or distribution of the information contained in GenBank.

To learn more about NCBI’s Policies, please visit NCBI Data Usage Policies and Disclaimers page.

HOW GENBANK AIDS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTISTS

The GenBank database enables you to understand the context of each sequence in the patent, quickly identifying key biological and bibliographic associations and sequence modifications. Its standardized structure makes it easy to map into your in-house bioinformatics systems.

Many GenBank DNA sequence records are annotated with coding region proteins. For convenience, NCBI provides access to this protein data alongside the GenBank release every two months. A description of the coverage of the latest protein data release is available via the NCBI ftp site.  GenBank protein data are available and fully searchable via the SequenceBase Research Portal.

COMPREHENSIVE ACCESS AND RELEASE OPTIONS

GenBank is available through major sequence search and data management solutions including:

 

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