December 12, 2006
iHOP: An Online Search Tool to Explore Genes in Biomedical Literature
Researchers at the Computational Biology Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, US, have announced a new Internet tool for exploring scientific literature in medicine and biology. The freely accessible iHOP service provides fast, accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date summary information on over 80,000 biological molecules by automatically extracting key sentences from millions of PubMed documents when a search is requested. PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes more than 16 million citations from life science journals for biomedical articles.
iHOP has reportedly become one of the most used resources for biomedical research, accessed by nearly 200,000 different users every month. The new version offers current information on more genes and chemical compounds, covering all organisms ranging from human and chimpanzee to yeast and HIV.
The search tool allows scientists to extract comprehensive information on the function of genes in signalling pathways, interaction networks and biological processes. It also allows researchers to explore a network of gene interactions by directly navigating the pool of published scientific literature. iHOP selectively retrieves information that is specific to genes and proteins and summarizes their interactions and functions. The system adds value by filtering and ranking extracted sentences according to significance, impact factor, date of publication and syntax.
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Posted by Katie Newman at December 12, 2006 11:59 AM