Tip of the Week: GeneMANIA for Fast Gene Function Predictions
I am happily the lucky scientist here at OpenHelix who has been selected to create a full tutorial on a network resource named GeneMANIA, but I just couldn’t wait to share some of the details about this resource’s great features. GeneMANIA stands for Multiple Association Network Integration Algorithm. Users can either input a single gene and see interaction networks associated with the gene, or (more powerfully) to enter a list of related genes and use GeneMANIA’s ‘state-of-the-art analysis algorithm’ to quickly and easily find additional related genes.
GeneMANIA allows a scientist with no prior training in computational bioinformatics to easily use their gene list of interest to search a customized list of published functional genomics publications, as well as a wide variety of public databases, and receive the results of their analysis in an easy to interpret PDF report. Users can even upload their own important datasets and affect how the algorithm scores each gene and dataset. I cannot cover all this functionality in this short tip – you’ll have to see our tutorial for that – but here I will show you how to do a basic search and some of the display features of GeneMANIA.