As you may know, we’ve been doing these video tips-of-the-week for FOUR years now. We have completed around 200 little tidbit introductions to various resources from last year, 2011 (yep, it’s 2012 now). At the end of the year we’ve established a sort of holiday tradition: we are doing a summary post to collect them all. If you have missed any of them it’s a great way to have a quick look at what might be useful to your work.
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Polysearch is a tool that allows you to search many different databases at once with a query “given X find all associated Y.” For example, given a pathway, find all associated drugs or given a gene find all associated diseases. I’ve found the tool to be quite helpful.
The tool was listed in last week’s tip of the week on “Gene Prioritization Portal” and does that, but does more than that as you can see.
Today’s tip gives an introduction to the site documentation and search finding associated diseases to a single gene.
It’s a great site, I have found some interesting results. I am having problems with the SNP/PCR Primer and some of the automatic synonym (it pushes my gene-disease search to a disease-gene search) and I’ve reported these, but for the most part it works very well.