AceDB as personal/laboratory management system for vectors and constructs?

Brian Fristensky frist at cc.umanitoba.ca
Sun May 9 16:57:43 EST 1999

Piotr Kozbial wrote:
> Do you think it is a good idea to use AceDB to store information about
> plasmids available in one laboratory? What are the pros and cons? How
> many of you are using AceDB this way? Are there any better solutions for
> UNIX/Linux?
> Thanks
> Piotr
> P.S. Links about AceDB:
> newsgroup bionet.software.acedb (is very quiet)
> ftp://probe.nalusda.gov/pub/
> http://www.sanger.ac.uk/Software/Acedb/index.shtml

ACeDB can be an excellent in-house database, because
it lets you tailor your objects to your own 
experimental system. Anything can be an object.
The down side is that if you want to get 
fancy, you have to put a lot of thought into
how your objects are defined.

We found the ACeDB Tablemaker to be quite valuable
for editing and categorizing genes in a small
EST project that we did. As well, 
the ability of ACeDB to read and write objects 
as ASCII files made it easy to automate
the creation of new ESTs, to submit them
to GenBank, to update them with GenBank
ACCESSION numbers, and to generate a HTML
table for publication. This table is included in
the following article:

Fristensky B, Balcerzak M, He D-F, Zhang P, 1999. Expressed sequence
tags from the defense
response of Brassica napus to Leptosphaeria maculans. Mol. Plant Pathol.

I have put together a web site that describes
using ACeDB for home-grown databases:


It includes a small sample database that you can
download and use as a starting point in creating
your own database. Note that my web site has
screen shots made using ACeDB4.5. The current
version (4.7) looks a bit different, but still
works with the sample database.

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