Once a month I get a great email from my BioMed Central with suggestions of articles that I might want to read. In a recent edition there were lots of papers I wanted to read. One of them was “CellMiner: a relational database and query tool for the NCI-60 cancer cell lines” by Uma T Shankavaram et. al. & is the reason for this tip of the week. The paper is very well written, clear, and points out some Excel download pitfalls I’ve struggled with in the past. I figured if their writing is so good, I’d better check out their web resource, CellMiner.
Uma T Shankavaram, Sudhir Varma, David Kane, Margot Sunshine, Krishna K Chary, William C Reinhold, Yves Pommier, & John N Weinstein (2009). CellMiner: a relational database and query tool for the NCI-60 cancer cell lines BMC Genomics, 10 (277) DOI: doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-277
I went looking to use MatchMiner a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t access the page. But that happens–I worked around that with some different IDs. But yesterday I got an email about the entire server that MatchMiner is on:
Extended, Unplanned Outage on discover.nci.nih.gov
Our discover.nci.nih.gov server, the host of GoMiner, MatchMiner and our other applications, is currently offline because of unscheduled maintenance. We expect to have the server back up later in the week. We will post a note back to this list when it is available again.
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Just FYI. I saw some people searching for this since it was down and figured I would mention it as a public service.
MatchMiner translates one type of gene ID into another type – essentially the genetic equivalent of Swahili-to-German translating software. In this tip I’ll show you how to do a translation on a list of genes, or a ‘Batch Lookup’.