UNIT 1.6 Using the DFCI Gene Index Databases for Biological Discovery

  1. Corina Antonescu,
  2. Valentin Antonescu,
  3. Razvan Sultana,
  4. John Quackenbush

Published Online: 1 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bi0106s29

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Antonescu, C., Antonescu, V., Sultana, R. and Quackenbush, J. 2010. Using the DFCI Gene Index Databases for Biological Discovery. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 29:1.6:1.6.1–1.6.36.

Author Information

  1. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: MAR 2010


The DFCI Gene Index Web pages provide access to analyses of ESTs and gene sequences for nearly 114 species, as well as a number of resources derived from these. Each species-specific database is presented using a common format with a home page. A variety of methods exist that allow users to search each species-specific database. Methods implemented currently include nucleotide or protein sequence queries using WU-BLAST, text-based searches using various sequence identifiers, searches by gene, tissue and library name, and searches using functional classes through Gene Ontology assignments. This protocol provides guidance for using the Gene Index Databases to extract information. Curr. Protoc. Bioinform. 29:1.6.1-1.6.36. © 2010 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • gene index database;
  • gene index;
  • databases;
  • DFCI