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Database (Oxford). 2011 Feb 14;2011:bar002. doi: 10.1093/database/bar002. Print 2011.

The Rat Genome Database curation tool suite: a set of optimized software tools enabling efficient acquisition, organization, and presentation of biological data.

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  • 1Human and Molecular Genetics Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226-3548, USA. slaulederkind@mcw.edu

Abstract

The Rat Genome Database (RGD) is the premier repository of rat genomic and genetic data and currently houses over 40,000 rat gene records as well as human and mouse orthologs, 1771 rat and 1911 human quantitative trait loci (QTLs) and 2209 rat strains. Biological information curated for these data objects includes disease associations, phenotypes, pathways, molecular functions, biological processes and cellular components. A suite of tools has been developed to aid curators in acquiring and validating data objects, assigning nomenclature, attaching biological information to objects and making connections among data types. The software used to assign nomenclature, to create and edit objects and to make annotations to the data objects has been specifically designed to make the curation process as fast and efficient as possible. The user interfaces have been adapted to the work routines of the curators, creating a suite of tools that is intuitive and powerful. Database URL: http://rgd.mcw.edu.

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