We have listed frequently asked questions in order to provide users useful information to help utilize this database easily.

Q1) What is the main purpose of FORCDB?
FORCDB has been constructed to provide the information about food-borne pathogen. General users as well as researchers can easily access and download the data including genome, transcriptome, and metagenome for food-borne pathogens. In addition, users can search database for virulence factors and drug resistance genes.
Q2) What is the source of FORCDB’s omics data?
FORCDB’s omics data were mostly produced by next generation sequencing. Sequenced data were filtered and analyzed by in silico process. You can see more detailed processes for data production in overview page.
Q3) I want to download pathogen genome sequence. How can I do this?
Users can download genome sequences from “Genomes” page in “Data” menu. Complete genome sequence in both Genbank and FASTA format are provided here.
Q4) I have a nucleotide sequence, and I want to know what kind of virulence factor genes it is. How can I to this?
Using sequence search tool, users can detect putative virulence factor genes or drug resistance genes in a query sequence. But this tool doesn’t support using a nucleotide sequence as a input now. Only protein sequence can be used as query sequence. This tool will be updated to receive both types of sequence soon.
Q5) What are the differences between genome search and sequence search?
Genome search tool detect putative virulence factor genes or drug resistance genes in already known complete genome sequences using Hidden Markov Models. Users can search putative virulence factor genes or drug resistance genes by just selecting genomes, and using options, get results about overlapped genes between several genomes.
Q6) I need more information about this database. What can I do?
You can contact us by email. Email address can be acquired on “Contact Us” section. Feel free to question about this database.

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