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Expressionview: visualization of quantitative trait loci and gene-expression data in Ensembl

Gertrud Fischer1, Saleh M Ibrahim1, Gudrun A Brockmann2, Jens Pahnke3, Ezio Bartocci4, Hans-Jürgen Thiesen1, Pablo Serrano-Fernández1 and Steffen Möller1*

Author Affiliations

1 University of Rostock, Institute of Immunology, Joachim-Jungius-Strasse 9, 18059 Rostock, Germany

2 Research Institute for Biology of Farm Animals, Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2, 18196 Dummerstorf, Germany

3 University of Zurich, Institute of Neuropathology, Schmelzbergstrasse 12, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland

4 University of Camerino, Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Via Madonna delle Carceri, 62032, Camerino (MC), Italy

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Genome Biology 2003, 4:R77  doi:10.1186/gb-2003-4-11-r77

Published: 10 October 2003

Abstract

We present here a software tool for combined visualization of gene-expression data and quantitative trait loci (QTL). The application is implemented as an extension to the Ensembl project and caters for a direct transition from microarray experiments of gene or protein expression levels to the genomic context of individual genes and QTL. It supports the visualization of gene clusters and the selection of functional candidate genes in the context of research on complex traits.