Searching for any type of information can be frustrating if you are unsure where to start or how to define your query. This is true in search engines and public databases. Medical Xpress brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “RefEx, a web tool for a comfortable search of reference data for gene expression analysis.”

For the field of life science, there are many public databases available, but how do you know which one to use or how to use it? When it comes to gene expression data, it can get very complex.

Making content findable, regardless of the content, is important. A group of researchers from Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS) and National Institute of Genetics has developed a web tool – RefEx – that makes finding and viewing the gene expression levels with greater efficiency.

This is a positive advancement for researchers. They can confirm the expression level of the genes of interest in many tissues or cells under normal condition, without bench-top experiments. RefEx will be able to contribute to a wide variety of life science and medical research.

Melody K. Smith

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