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BodyMap-Xs: anatomical breakdown of 17 million animal ESTs for cross-species comparison of gene expression

Ogasawara, Osamu, Otsuji, Makiko, Watanabe, Kouji, Iizuka, Takayasu, Tamura, Takuro, Hishiki, Teruyoshi, Kawamoto, Shoko, Okubo, Kousaku
Nucleic acids research 2006 v.34 pp. D628
animals, databases, expressed sequence tags, gene expression, genes, nucleic acids, records, tissues
BodyMap-Xs ( is a database for cross-species gene expression comparison. It was created by the anatomical breakdown of 17 million animal expressed sequence tag (EST) records in DDBJ using a sorting program tailored for this purpose. In BodyMap-Xs, users are allowed to compare the expression patterns of orthologous and paralogous genes in a coherent manner. This will provide valuable insights for the evolutionary study of gene expression and identification of a responsive motif for a particular expression pattern. In addition, starting from a concise overview of the taxonomical and anatomical breakdown of all animal ESTs, users can navigate to obtain gene expression ranking of a particular tissue in a particular animal. This method may lead to the understanding of the similarities and differences between the homologous tissues across animal species. BodyMap-Xs will be automatically updated in synchronization with the major update in DDBJ, which occurs periodically.