microBE.net is an awesome name, so I wasn’t that surprised to find that the CDC has it’s own MicrobeNet that they launched in 2013. MicrobeNet is a free online curated database of emerging bacteria and fungi that aims to improve reference diagnostics and pathogen identification. The database includes genetic sequence data (16S rRNA), biochemical data, morphological characteristics and antibiotic resistance profiles for about 2,400 species, as well as standardized procedures for growing pathogens and for conducting diagnostic assays. They plan to include more than 3,000 species in the database and they are adding whole genomes. Recently the CDC announced that they are expanding the database to allow users to also search for protein profiles resulting from MALDI-TOF MS (matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry) instruments.