Researchers given contract to expand pathogen database

A five year, $14. million contract has been awarded to researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Pennsylvania from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The contract allows the researchers to expand and extend their work on the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genome Database Resource, an open database that enables scientists to examine genes, genomes, isolates and other attributes that are related to a variety of human pathogens.

The EuPathDB, by helping to identify potential vaccine antigens and drug targets, facilitates the search for effective diagnostics and therapeutics. EuPathDB has previously been expanded on several occasions because of its success in expediting infectious disease research. The newest release adds support for 27 species through bioinformatics tools for researchers targeting biodefense and emerging an re-emerging pathogens.

Researchers are provided with a database by EuPathDB that catalogues every accessible step in the chronicle of disease pathogenisis. Over the past six months, more than 42,000 scientists from 100 countries worldwide have utilized the database and its component websites.

The NIH supports three Pathogen Bioinformatics Resource Centers in addition to the EuPathDB database, which is directed by principal investigator David S. Roos, an E. Otis Kendall Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.