September 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 16)
Strong Points: Large number of links
Weak Points: Poor site design, images not annotated
The product of a group of geneticists and pathologists from the United States and across Europe, PathBase is an online resource for mouse pathology that features histopathology images from wild-type and genetically manipulated mouse lines. Each image is accompanied by information such as strain, genotype, pathology, and tissue; however, most images themselves are not annotated in any way. If you’d like to actually contribute to the database, you can create an account on the site and upload your own images. The database is easy to search once you find the correct page, which is made difficult by the website’s poor design. There is no “search” feature on the homepage (or even any way to access the database). Instead, one must look to the small text at the bottom of the page to find the link to the “search PathBase” page. In addition to the database, the website contains a number of links related to mouse genetics, phenotyping, and pathology.