National Microbial Pathogen Data Resource Center

NMPDR is a Bioinformatics Resource Center that provides the advanced bioinformatics environment needed to identify genetic polymorphisms correlated with pathogenicity, drug resistance, morbidity, and infectivity. NMPDR is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) to support research in biodefense, emerging infectious diseases, and re-emerging pathogens. NMPDR is both a central repository for a wide variety of scientific data on these pathogenic microorganisms and a platform for software tools that support investigator-driven data analysis, such as the identification of potential targets for the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. NMPDR’s goal is to support existing and newly developed techniques for comparative analysis to obtain a deeper understanding of the fundamental biology of a specific set of pathogenic organisms, and to promote efforts to counter the threats posed by these pathogens. The resource will integrate hundreds (and, eventually, thousands) of prokaryotic genomes with existing and newly generated functional data to support characterization and analysis of Category B food and water-borne diarrheagenic bacteria.

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