About the Authors

Akhilesh K. Bajpai

Contributed equally to this work with: Akhilesh K. Bajpai, Sravanthi Davuluri

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka State, India

Sravanthi Davuluri

Contributed equally to this work with: Akhilesh K. Bajpai, Sravanthi Davuluri

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka State, India

Darshan S. Chandrashekar

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka State, India

Selvarajan Ilakya

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka State, India

Mahalakshmi Dinakaran

Affiliation Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka State, India

Kshitish K. Acharya

kshitish@ibab.ac.in

Affiliations Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka State, India, Shodhaka Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka State, India

Competing Interests

The authors hereby declare that the corresponding author (Kshitish K. Acharya) is affiliated to both IBAB, an academic research institute and, Shodhaka Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. The latter is a recently established commercial company, which is currently engaged mainly in research and training. It also has two products related to literature search and online test for biology-related jobs and courses. In the future, the company intends to provide services in database and software developments. The authors confirm the affiliation to the company and the involvement of the corresponding author as the director of the company. They also confirm that this does not alter their adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Wrote the paper: KKA AKB SD. Conceptualized the project: KKA. Assigned tasks to other team members: KKA. Obtained funding: KKA. Trained the team: KKA. Contributed to validation of biocuration work: KKA. Solved difficult cases of biocuration: KKA. Identified the database components and designed broad structure: KKA. Coordinated the events: KKA. Supervised the progress of the work of the entire team: KKA. Performed biocuration and validation: AKB SD. Contributed significantly in training members and coordinating biocuration efforts: AKB SD. Contributed to the design of the database and its validation: AKB SD. Established controlled vocabularies related to conditions and sub-conditions: AKB SD. Created the database and the associated software, and interface: DSC. Performed biocuration: SI MD.