NextBio’s lastest new application is the Body Atlas which allows you to perform gene, bioset and biogroup queries against three panels of tissues: Normal Tissues, Normal Cell Types and Cancer Cell Lines. All told, that’s a survey of over 600 different comparisons displayed in easy-to-interpret graphics. Here are just some of the insights the Body Atlas can offer:
#1. How variable is my favorite gene’s expression? Is it tissue-specific or ubiquitously expressed?
Example: GAPDH is a ubiquitously expressed gene showing a gradual decline across a ranking of all tissues. Microseminoprotein-beta (MSMB), on the other hand, is tissue-specific; it is expressed in about five different tissues, including those of lung and prostate gland, and it appears off in most other tissues.
#2. Can a nice graphic of my favorite gene’s expression be depicted for my presentation? Yes, it can.
Example: The figure generated below shows MSMB expression in six selected tissues from the Normal Tissues panel. To generate a similar figure for your favorite gene, use the checkboxes in the right column of results to add a tissue to a graphic, and then download the .png version by clicking the ‘Export Graph’ button.