Biological databases for human research

Genomics Proteomics Bioinformatics. 2015 Feb;13(1):55-63. doi: 10.1016/j.gpb.2015.01.006. Epub 2015 Feb 21.


The completion of the Human Genome Project lays a foundation for systematically studying the human genome from evolutionary history to precision medicine against diseases. With the explosive growth of biological data, there is an increasing number of biological databases that have been developed in aid of human-related research. Here we present a collection of human-related biological databases and provide a mini-review by classifying them into different categories according to their data types. As human-related databases continue to grow not only in count but also in volume, challenges are ahead in big data storage, processing, exchange and curation.

Keywords: Big data; Curation; Database; Database category; Human.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Genome, Human*
  • Humans
  • Internet*