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Mar 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 6)

GeneDig

URL:genedigest.org
  • Beautiful and simple design, external links
  • Incomplete domain information, some slight glitches

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to start digging…for genetic information, that is. GeneDig is a beautifully designed and easy to use new genomics website that will appeal to bench scientists and students alike. Site visitors begin by searching for a gene (or gene-related keyword) into the search field. Users can specify an organism (or group of organisms) for the search. The search results are neatly displayed, with gene size, mRNA size, and protein size given for each entry. Links to the NCBI entries for each gene are also provided. On any given gene’s page, users are presented with a chromosome view, as well as the mRNA and protein sequences for the given gene. As users place the cursor over the mRNA sequence, the relevant codon is highlighted in green and the corresponding amino acid in the protein sequence is also highlighted. The genome browser also links users to external resources such as PubMed, Wikipedia, and the Allen Brain Atlas.

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