Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Abstract The PVT format described here has been designed to store and retrieve genetic data on plasmids, viruses or transposons with special focus on their applications. Both naturally-occurring and engineered elements can be included in it. A variety of data can be accommodated in fields that are grouped in blocks: name and type of element, database administration, element administration, history, propagation, selection and host, biological properties, cloned insert and applications. The number of fields, now 157, can be expanded as required. Most properties can be described in simple logical fields. The format is organized to permit rapid searches and to facilitate communication between database and user; connection with culture and/or DNA collections is also envisaged and adequate fields for these tasks have been provided. The format allows cross-reference with that originated by the Microbial Information Network Europe (MINE) for computer storage and handling of bacterial or fungal strain data.
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