Spotlight: GeneMania

This week, we profile GeneMANIA a web tool developed by a team of researchers in the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gary Bader, one of the PI’s involved in the development of GeneMania, kindly answered our questions. In one tweet or less, introduce us to your tool/database/website. GeneMANIA predicts gene function.   Who is...
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Spotlight: Mutations @ A Glance

This week, we profile Mutations@A Glance an integrative web tool originally developed by Dr. Osamu Ohara’s lab, and currently maintained by Dr. Atsushi Hijikata at the Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology. Dr. Hijikata kindly answered our questions. In one tweet or less, introduce us to your tool/database/website. Mutation@A Glance is an integrated analytical platform of...
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Data Chart Plugin Beta

How shall we find the concord of this discord? how to enlarge penis —William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream   Big news coming out of the Su Lab today! As you may know, we’ve been doing a lot of work recently on the presentation of our datasets stored in BioGPS. After we completed the ability to easily browse and view datasets, we wanted to take it a step further and make it...
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Introducing BioGPS 2.0

The BioGPS team is very excited to announce the public release of BioGPS version 2.0! There are a bunch of changes included in this update: 1. New logo As mentioned in a previous blog post the BioGPS team decided that it was time for a new logo. After considering the many great submissions from our logo contest we are happy to officially unveil the winner, which is now being used site-wide. 2....
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We love model organisms too

Given our group’s interests in mammalian biology, we initially focused on gene annotation data from just three species — human, mouse and rat. However, the plugin concept that BioGPS uses is easily extensible to other organisms as well. Therefore, we recently added four additional species to BioGPS (all popular model organisms), bringing our total count to seven. The added species...
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Taking ownership of your plugin

Early on in BioGPS’s development, we were heavily focused on getting as many plugins registered in as short a time period as possible. And because our plugin interface is so trivially simple, we were able to add plugins for a whole lot of popular sites (e.g., Entrez Gene, Ensembl, UniProt) and a whole lot of not-so-popular sites (e.g., GENSAT, GONUTS, and HuGE Navigator) all by ourselves...
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