OWL--a non-redundant composite protein sequence database

Nucleic Acids Res. 1994 Sep;22(17):3574-7.


A comprehensive, non-redundant composite protein sequence database is described. The database, OWL, is an amalgam of data from six publicly-available primary sources, and is generated using strict redundancy criteria. The database is updated monthly and its size has increased almost eight-fold in the last six years: the current version contains > 76,000 entries. For added flexibility, OWL is distributed with a tailor-made query language, together with a number of programs for database exploration, information retrieval and sequence analysis, which together form an integrated database and software resource for protein sequences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence*
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Software


  • Proteins