National Center for Biotechnology Information

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The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)[1][2] is part of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is approved and funded by the government of the United States. The NCBI is located in Bethesda, Maryland, and was founded in 1988 through legislation sponsored by US Congressman Claude Pepper.

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National Center for
Biotechnology Information
Founded1988; 35 years ago (1988)
HeadquartersBethesda, Maryland
Coordinates38.9959°N 77.0989°W / 38.9959; -77.0989
Official language
Stephen Sherry
(since Sept 26, 2022)
Parent organization
United States National Library of Medicine
AffiliationsNational Institutes of Health

The NCBI houses a series of databases relevant to biotechnology and biomedicine and is an important resource for bioinformatics tools and services. Major databases include GenBank for DNA sequences and PubMed, a bibliographic database for biomedical literature. Other databases include the NCBI Epigenomics database. All these databases are available online through the Entrez search engine. NCBI was directed by David Lipman,[2] one of the original authors of the BLAST sequence alignment program[3] and a widely respected figure in bioinformatics.