Acedb is a genome database system started in 1989 by Jean Thierry-Mieg (CNRS, Montpellier) and Richard Durbin (Sanger Institute). It was originally developed for the C.elegans genome project from which its name was derived: A C.elegans DataBase. However the tools in it have been generalized to be much more flexible and the same software is now used for many different genomic databases from bacteria to fungi to plants to man.

Acedb's database schema notation allows easy modification and extension of data relationships by simple text editing of the a single schema file giving it great flexibility and making it an ideal research tool.

Based on a custom database kernel Acedb has a full graphical user interface with many specific displays and tools for genomic data. Its plain text input files make Acedb ideal for managing data within genome projects and for making that data available to the wider scientific community.


Acedb is maintained by the Annosoft team at the Sanger Institute. More comprehensive information is available on the AceDB website.
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