Search for Information.
I am currently in the middle of changing from a position involving
molecular mechanics and related calculations on small molecules (saccharides)
to one where I will be working with protein and (to an extent) nucleic acid
sequence information and structure.
I would be very grateful for any information that members of this list could
provide me with in the following areas:
Which databases of sequence and structure information exist? How can I get
them? Are they available on tape, or must they be downloaded over the internet?
If the former, what sort of costs are payable by an academic site, an academic
site with commercial links, or a "full" commercial site? What size are
various databases, and what is the position on merging information between
several of them?
Which packages exist for analysis and exploration of the databases? How much
is available "over the net", and what is sold commercially? Again,
the costs for a straight academic site, an academic site with commercial links
or a full commercial site?
What machines do these programs need to run on? What is the minimum size of
system that is normally used, and does it have serious limitations? In other
words, is the minimum system normally used one that will JUST do the job, or
is it a system that happens to have been already in existence and to which the
software can easily be ported?
4) Other Considerations.
Is there a parallel mailing list to this one for molecular biology?
Can anyone recommend a good review of the field?
As you can imagine, I'm rather "in at the deep end" with these
questions, but I
assumed that the Combined Wisdom of the Net ought to be able to give me a good
idea of the information I need for this project.
Thank you all very much,
BPH6SSG-0at0-uk.ac.leeds.cms1 (british order)
BPH6SSG-0at0-cms1.leeds.ac.uk (rest of world)
PS it goes without saying that I will summarise and repost...