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Gene Information eXtension (GIX): effortless retrieval of gene product information on any website

By James D.R. Knight, Payman Samavarchi-Tehrani, Mike Tyers, Anne-Claude Gingras

Posted 29 Jan 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/532523 (published DOI: 10.1038/s41592-019-0477-9)

Retrieving information about genes and gene products is a constant and timeconsuming aspect of systems biology research. While there are many high quality and well-designed resources to fulfill this need, they require the user to navigate to different and often complex websites, execute a search, select the desired result and then view retrieved information. This task can be a repetitive, burdensome and disruptive process, for example when exploring the results of large scale genomics or proteomics screens or reading an online article. To address this issue we have developed a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox called GIX, for Gene Information eXtension, that allows users to retrieve customizable gene product information - especially as it relates to proteins and their expression and functions - directly on a website without having to navigate to another page.

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