IUBMB is trying to end enzyme classification

Athel Cornish-Bowden athel at bigfoot.com
Tue May 6 18:55:28 EST 1997

Do you use any of these databases (or other similar ones) to find
information about enzymes or metabolic pathways?

Biocatalysis/biodegradation database

EcoCyc (http://www.ai.sri.com/ecocyc/ecocyc.html)?

GenoBase (http://specter.dcrt.nih.gov:8004/Pathway/pathway_toc_by_name.html)?

KEGG (http://www.genome.ad.jp/kegg/kegg1.html)?

SoyBase (http://probe.nal.usda.gov:8000/plant/aboutsoybase.html)?

SwissProt (http://www.expasy.ch/sprot/sprot-top.html)?

WIT (What is there?) (http://www.cme.msu.edu/WIT/)?

If so you will know how much they depend on the EC classification system
for enzymes sponsored (until now) by IUBMB.

You will also be concerned by the fact that the IUBMB Executive Committee
has taken a decision that if not reversed will make it impossible for this
work to continue. Full information, including suggestions of what you can
do about it, is given on a web page at

Athel Cornish-Bowden

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