Improved search result page

In an earlier post, we described how our migration to CouchDB resulted in substantial improvements to performance of BioGPS. In this post, we follow that up by outlining new functionality that was enabled by that change to CouchDB. Specifically, we have added several useful new features to the search result table, summarized here: The order of the genes in the results table now matches the...
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Raw data download

One of the primary reasons scientists come to BioGPS is to view our reference gene expression data sets in a simple bar chart form. And for the bioinformaticians, we’ve always provided the data sets for download on our BioGPS downloads page. Now, we have one more mechanism for users to access the raw data. Using the new “Downloads” tab in the gene expression chart plugin, users...
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Correlation search

Many of you know that the precursor to BioGPS was another web tool called SymAtlas. While SymAtlas was great, BioGPS was meant to expand on that design by focusing on community extensibility and user customizability. We are very proud that BioGPS handled all of the key SymAtlas use cases… … with one notable exception, that is. BioGPS lacked the ability to search for genes by...
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BioGPS now supports Drosophila genes

Although the data and functionality have been in place for a while, this post is the official announcement that BioGPS now supports Drosophila genes and data. What does this mean? Three things: View Drosophila data. As shown in the figure at right, you now can view Drosophila data in our “Gene Identifiers” plugin. These identifiers (including Entrez Gene, Ensembl, Refseq, Uniprot,...
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Quick-adding plugins

In what I think is one of the best features we’ve rolled out recently, we’re happy to announce the new “Quick-add” feature for customizing gene report layouts. Previously, in order to add a new plugin to a layout, users had to click over to the Plugin library, a completely different set of screens and interfaces. Moreover, users who hadn’t yet created an account...
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Saving gene lists

It’s been a quiet summer on the blog, but we’ve been hard at work improving BioGPS behind the scenes. Much of our recent activity has been on small-scale bug fixes and improvements, but we have a few major items slated for release soon. We’ve just added the first of these new features — the ability to save gene lists. If you find yourself juggling many different gene...
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