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BodyMap-Xs


NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 881
Ogasawara O., Otsuji M., Watanabe K., Iizuka T., Hishiki T., Kawamoto S., Tamura T. and Okubo K.
Laboratory for Gene-Expression Analysis, Research Organization of Information and Systems, National Institute of Genetics, DNA Data Bank of Japan, Yata 1111, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-8540, Japan

Database Description

BodyMap-Xs (http://bodymap.genes.nig.ac.jp) is a database for cross-species gene expression comparison; it was created by the anatomical breakdown of 17 million animal EST records in DDBJ by using a sorting program tailored for this purpose. In BodyMap-Xs, users are allowed to compare the expression patterns of orthologous and paralogous genes in a coherent manner; this will provide valuable insights for the evolutionary study of gene expression and identification of a responsive motif for a particular expression pattern. In addition, starting from a concise overview of the taxonomical and anatomical breakdown of all animal ESTs, users can navigate to obtain gene expression ranking of a particular tissue in a particular animal; this method may lead to the understanding of the similarities and differences between the homologous tissues across animal species. BodyMap-Xs will be automatically updated in synchronization with the major update in DDBJ, which occurs periodically.


Go to the abstract in the NAR 2006 Database Issue.
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