The Scripps Genome Center maintains local copies of the most commonly used
bioinformatics databases, as well as a selection of complete genomes.
The databases include BLAST, BLOCKS, Pfam, PRINTS, PROSITE and Swiss-Prot.
The complete genomes include Amphioxus, Ciona intestinalis, Flavobacterium
BBFL7, Microscilla marina and Ostreococcus.
Maintaining local copies of the databases allows the Scripps Genome
Center to provide its users with private data. The databases,
some of which contain draft genomes, can be used by researchers for many
months before the public data is released. The security and privacy
of the data allow the researchers to conduct experiments without
exposing their proprietary information. Additionally, researchers can
perform BLAST searches against draft sequence contigs, traces, ESTs and
annotated predicted proteins.