January 15, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 2)
Strong Points: Strong tutorial materials, very well-organized website
Weak Points: None
Step right up, ladies and gents, and witness the amazing ODE! That’s right–—the Ontological Discovery Environment. You want phenotype-centered gene information? Well, ODE has got it! It integrates across species, it bridges experimental platforms, it encompasses different tissue types—in short, it is a great tool to analyze existing gene sets to identify novel GeneSet relationships. With the tutorial pamphlet, demo video, and quick reference sheet, you’ll have everything you’ll need to get started, though, in reality the website is streamlined to make your investigations straightforward. Simply search for/upload sets of genes, collect the sets into projects, and analyze the sets. Users can search either for individual genes or GeneSets, which are compiled from six different species. The website is well organized and user-friendly. So what are you waiting for? Try your hand at ODE and see what you’ll discover!