This article was featured in Library Notes #52 (May 2009).
Do you have a list of genes from a microarray experiment and want to see if the gene set is enriched in certain disease profiles? Try a new online tool from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's own Biomedical Informatics Core (NUBIC). NUBIC is part of the NUCATS clinical and translational science center at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and they are always busy developing new applications that make it easier to visualize and analyze your research.
It's called FunDO, which stands for "Functional Disease Ontology". It is built on a platform of the Disease Ontology project, also created by NUBIC, in collaboration with the NUgene Project at Northwestern's Center for Genetic Medicine.
FunDO enables you to discover new disease associations from a list of input genes, by returning results in an interactive table and graph.
FunDO may uncover new disease associations in your genes of interest than you would have expected. It may give you ideas to pursue for future research, or uncover links that are not published in biomedical research literature.
Give FunDO a try:
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