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The Bateman group sets out to classify proteins and certain RNAs into functional families with a view to producing a 'periodic table' of these molecules.
These classifications allow researchers to rapidly understand the properties and functions of these molecules and thus better interpret their experimental results. The molecules are grouped based on their sequence, structure and function. This group, under the direction of Alex Bateman, has set up a range of different databases that collect and interpret information from researchers around the world. Sophisticated computer programs are applied to sequence information to assist in the classifications. The Pfam and Rfam databases are the most important collections of information for classifying proteins and RNAs, and the MEROPS database provides the worldwide standard nomenclature for peptidase proteins. Alex Bateman also helped initiate the Wikipedia WikiRNA Project. The information acquired is used with the overall view of contributing to the growing understanding of the functions encoded by proteins and RNAs.