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Gene imprinting gateway

Vasudeva Ginjala

Genome Biology 2001, 2:reports2009  doi:10.1186/gb-2001-2-8-reports2009

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://genomebiology.com/2001/2/8/reports/2009


Received:21 July 2001
Published:27 July 2001

© 2001 BioMed Central Ltd

Content

Geneimprint.com is dedicated to providing information about imprinted genes for researchers, students and others interested in the subject. It was originally established in 1997 and redesigned as a Millennium Edition on 1 January 2000. The homepage opens with links to breaking news on imprinting, such as the latest publications and press releases. The site includes databases of imprinted genes on human chromosomes, a useful archive of articles and reviews on the topic, and reports of conferences. Authors can submit their publications for inclusion in the list. There are links to other sites covering topics such as gene expression, DNA sequence motifs, genome overview, gene maps, protein sequence motifs, proteomics overview, transgenics and MEDLINE searching.

Navigation

The site is up-to-date, and each page has a link back to the homepage.

Reporter's comments

Timeliness

The site appears to be updated as required. At the time of reporting the latest press release was dated May 2001.

Best feature

This site is an information mine for imprinting-related researchers. It has a wide range of useful features, such as video files of imprinting conferences, an up-to-date publication list with links to the full papers as PDF files, a good search facility and an excellent list of links. It would be improved if the human imprinted-gene database was extended to provide a full chromosome map with details of a particular imprinted gene's location. Most of the text and figures can be printed. For printing scientific papers in PDF format you need Acrobat Reader although no link to download it is provided. The imprinting conference videos are in QuickTime format. Some of the links were not working and the interactive online discussion group on gene imprinting is no longer functional.

Wish list

It would be useful to have a list of links to all imprinting research groups around the world. A good website map would be helpful for new users.

Related websites

Relatively few websites are available for this interdisciplinary subject. More information on genetic and physical imprinting map of the mouse can be found at Imprinting and imprinted genes reviews, and an excellent Catalog of imprinted genes and parent-of-origin effects in humans and animals is hosted by the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Table of links

Assumptions made about all sites unless otherwise specified:
The site is free, in English and no registration is required. It is relatively quick to download, can be navigated by an 'intermediate' user, and no problems with connection were found. The site does not stipulate that any particular browser be used and no special software/plug-ins are required to view the site. There are relatively few gratuitous images and each page has its own URL, allowing it to be bookmarked.