The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a component of NLM, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a program November 1, 2013 in Natcher Conference Center. NCBI is a national and international resource for molecular biology information. It creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information—all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.
NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, who helped lead the charge for the creation of NCBI in the mid-1980s, gave an overview of the planning process. Here, he is showing an image of the late Congressman Claude Pepper (D-FL), whose House Select Committee on Aging Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care held hearings on the need for a national biotechnology information center. Pictured with Pepper were Committee member Cong. Lindy Boggs (right) (D-LA), and Frances Humphrey Howard, sister of U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and a driving force in NCBI's creation.
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