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BIRS Bioterrorism Information Retrieval System



Ashish Kumar Tewari1, Rashi1, GulshanWadhwa2, Sanjeev Kumar Sharma1 & Chakresh Kumar Jain1*



1Department of Biotechnology, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, A-10, Sector-62, NOIDA, U.P., 201301, India; 2Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi-110003, India.


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Received December 15, 2012; Revised January 04, 2013; Accepted January 05, 2013; Published January 18, 2013



Bioterrorism is the intended use of pathogenic strains of microbes to widen terror in a population. There is a definite need to promote research for development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostic methods as a part of preparedness to any bioterror attack in the future. BIRS is an open-access database of collective information on the organisms related to bioterrorism. The architecture of database utilizes the current open-source technology viz PHP ver 5.3.19, MySQL and IIS server under windows platform for database designing. Database stores information on literature, generic- information and unique pathways of about 10 microorganisms involved in bioterrorism. This may serve as a collective repository to accelerate the drug discovery and vaccines designing process against such bioterrorist agents (microbes). The available data has been validated from various online resources and literature mining in order to provide the user with a comprehensive information system.





Bioterrorism, unique metabolic pathway, KEGG database, protein, bioterrorism agents.



Tewari et al. Bioinformation 9(2): 112-115 (2013)


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Biomedical Informatics



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