GENEVESTIGATOR® V3: A Reference Expression Database for the Meta-Analysis of Transcriptomes
Tomas Hruz, Oliver Laule, Gabor Szabo, Frans Wessendorp, Stefan Bleuler, Lukas Oertle, Peter Widmayer, Wilhelm Gruissem, and Philip Zimmermann
Advances in Bioinformatics, Volume 2008, Article ID 420747
The Web-based software tool GENEVESTIGATOR® provides powerful tools for biologists to explore gene expression across a wide variety of biological contexts. Its first releases, however, were limited by the scaling ability of the system architecture, multiorganism data storage and analysis capability, and availability of computationally intensive analysis methods. GENEVESTIGATOR® V3 is a novel meta- analysis system resulting from new algorithmic and software development using a client/server architecture, large-scale manual curation and quality control of microarray data for several organisms, and curation of pathway data for mouse and Arabidopsis. In addition to improved querying features, GENEVESTIGATOR® V3 provides new tools to analyze the expression of genes in many different contexts, to identify biomarker genes, to cluster genes into expression modules, and to model expression responses in the context of metabolic and regulatory networks. Being a reference expression database with user-friendly tools, GENEVESTIGATOR® V3 facilitates discovery research and hypothesis validation.