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January 15, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 2)

Oncomine: Cancer Microarray Database

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Speaking of information access, consider the challenges of organizing content faced by microarray database designers. First, the amount of information on microarrays can be enormous. Second, each sequence on a microarray has relationships to genomic information about which there are dozens of outstanding databases, each with their own format. An ideal microarray database sits in the middle of all these materials and points researchers to interconnected links as easily and seamlessly as possible. I'm Happy to report that Oncomine is one such database. While it is possible to get a bit "overextended" following database links from the microarray information , one has to marvel at how well interconnected the data is and how easily one can navigate through/to it.
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