Lecture 18 Jan 2001 Per Kraulis
GeneCards is a database of human genes, their products and their involvement in diseases. It offers concise information about the functions of all human genes that have an approved symbol, as well as selected others. It is a typical example of a secondary database, which contains many links to other databases, and attempts to consolidate the information that is available for a specific class of entity, in this case human genes.
The web site can be used for free by academics, but companies must obtain a license.
The Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) is an effort to computerize current knowledge of molecular and cellular biology in terms of the information pathways that consist of interacting molecules or genes and to provide links from the gene catalogs produced by genome sequencing projects.
Although there seems to be no explicit license information, it appears that the web site can be used by anyone (including companies). However, downloading of the KEGG distribution requires a license agreement for non-academic users.
A page of many links to biological databases and/or web sites, maintained by Amos Bairoch.