Researchers Use HIV Database Technology to Create Hepatitis C Genetic Database
December 2, 2003
Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have used technology developed for HIV databases to create an Internet-based hepatitis C genetic database, the AP/USA Today reports. Researchers at the lab began working on the HIV databases 20 years ago and have since created four databases covering HIV genetics, immunology, vaccine trials and genetic mutations. "We've had to develop a whole set of tools to study HIV because of its variability and hepatitis C is the same," Carla Kuiken, one of the chief architects of the database, said. The hepatitis C database is the first of its kind in the United States, Kuiken said, adding that similar databases in Japan and France are not as well funded as the U.S. database. The database includes an electronic library of thousands of genetic sequences of hepatitis C. Researchers have entered 20,000 genetic sequences of the virus into the database, of which only 200 to 250 are complete. The database is the first step in a five-year lab project funded by the NIH. The second step is to develop a database that catalogues immunology information about hepatitis C, which researchers hope to have completed by next year (Hoffman, AP/USA Today, 12/1).
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