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Publicly available genome sequence database for viruses?

There area few different influenza virus database resources: The Influenza Research Database (IRD) (a.k.a FluDB - based upon URL) A NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Center or BRC which highly curates ...
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How to convert species names into common names?

As Pierre mentioned, NCBI is a good resource for this kind of transformation. You can still use taxize to perform the conversion: ...
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Are there any RepBase alternatives for genome-wide repeat element annotations?

Dfam has recently launched a sister resource, Dfam_consensus, whose stated aim is to replace RepBase. From the annoucement: Dfam_consensus provides an open framework for the community to store both ...
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How to convert species names into common names?

use the NCBI taxon dump under ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/taxonomy in taxdmp.zip you'll find all the names for a given NCBI taxon ...
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Designing a lab NGS file database schema

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health has been working on the issue of representing sequencing data and metadata for storage and sharing for quite some time, though with mixed results. They do ...
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Converting gene names from one public database format to another

I tend to use Ensembl Biomart for such queries since there are APIs for various programming languages, e.g. biomaRt, and, maybe more interestingly, via a REST API (although it’s a pretty terrible one)....
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Converting gene names from one public database format to another

If you're comfortable doing a little programming, check out mygene.info (web services for gene annotations of all sorts). ID translation is specifically one of the use cases addressed in the ...
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how to set database other than nr for remote blast+ search

I believe you're looking for env_nr? It's listed as such, under Metagenomic proteins in the blastp webpage. It appears that the ...
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How to get a list of genes corresponding to the list of SNPs (rs ids)?

I wonder if there is a simpler solution recently? (and hopefully, I can solve it within the scope of python. ) A simpler solution, I don't know... but this is at least one Python solution using ...
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Are there any RepBase alternatives for genome-wide repeat element annotations?

For pre-existing reliabe TE libraries it is a bit of a mess, because not everybody deposits the species-specific TE libraries to a database like RepBase. And as far as I know DFAM contains only human ...
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Are there any databases of templates for common bioinformatic file formats?

You mention Biopython, which contains tests: https://github.com/biopython/biopython/tree/master/Tests. Some of the tests consist in reading files present in the folders listed in the above link. ...
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How to get a list of genes corresponding to the list of SNPs (rs ids)?

I can show you a simple way in R, using biomaRt. Let's say you have two snp ids you want to exmine. ...
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Are these standard species abbreviations and how to look up others?

No, there are no standardized three-letter abbreviations for species names. Three-letter abbreviations with roman letters is 26^3 combinations, which is only 17,576 possible combinations. As a result ...
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Where is an up to date miRNA database and what happened to miRBase?

If you are still interested, last year miRBase generated new updates. Currently, according to ftp site the last release is 22.1. So, it is not a dead project and for more specific information you ...
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Publicly available, free, complete database for antibiotics names and classes?

ChEBI It should be possible to get this information from the ChEBI database, see the exported tables. You could download the ontologies (in OWL / OBO), parse them using some ad-hoc parser or using a ...
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Is there any way of using biopython to write Swissprot files?

Using SeqIO.index rather than SeqIO.parse lets you read all the records into a dict, from ...
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Human body sites knowledge base

I am the developer of Uberon and I would be happy to help you with what you need, either from Uberon, or from the FMA. You mentioned you need something simpler than FMA. There are a variety of tools ...
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Do any publicly available databases detail protein structure and functional domains?

Some of this information (at least some domains, active sites, etc) is available from UniProt. If you want to download their whole database, you can search without specifying any terms and then click ...
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Are these standard species abbreviations and how to look up others?

These are not. The closest to "standard" is the 5-character abbreviation by Swissprot. It names 25,886 species and has been used for decades. It is also easy to remember for some common species such ...
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Designing a lab NGS file database schema

For metadata, I would use a SQL schema something like the following: ...
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Designing a lab NGS file database schema

I agree that there is no ideal data model that is going to be stable for very long in a quick-moving field like genome informatics. Perhaps a schema-less (NoSQL or some other document-based system, ...
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Are there any RepBase alternatives for genome-wide repeat element annotations?

You could use RepeatScout, which has defined repeat libraries for a limited number of species (including human, mouse, and rat). If your taxon is not represented, you can also do de novo repeat ...
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Are there any databases of templates for common bioinformatic file formats?

Not that I am aware. It is best to go with format specifications when coding. Also it may be good to look at the example files that come together with various tools performing file conversions and ...
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how to find the bound form of an enzyme structure?

Tried looking for an explicit database? i.e. ComSin: database of protein structures in bound (complex) and unbound (single) states in relation to their intrinsic disorder: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih....
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Searching for gene expression data by cell line

Try the Gene Expression Omnibus - it looks like they have some datasets.
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Dataset: Locations of regulatory sequences in the human genome?

This can be done quite easily using Ensebl's BioMart. Choose the Ensembl Regulation database: Select the "Human Regulatory Features" dataset: That's basically it right there, just click on "...
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How can I find mutations associated with disease in human histone residues?

Ensembl contains this information: When you go to the “phenotype” menu item of a given gene, you will see a list of variants (potentially after clicking on “ALL associated variants”) with their ...
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Is there a database of disease prevalence?

For rare diseases, you can use Orphanet. You can download an xml file with prevalence from orphadata. There is an OWL version of Orphanet called ORDO, you can browse it on the EBI Ontology Lookup ...
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Is there a database of disease prevalence?

Comment as an answer, as requested. The Incidence and Prevalance Database (IPD - subscription required).
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Identifying relevant SNPs from a list

What you are looking for is SNP annotation. If you have the chromosome:position reference and alternate alleles for your SNPs of interest, it can be as simple as uploading them to the variant effect ...
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