DistilBio Terms App now available in Elsevier’s ScienceDirect

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DistilBio Terms App now available in Elsevier’s ScienceDirect

The DistilBio Terms application detects  biomedical concepts such as genes, proteins, drugs, compounds and pathway mentioned in the article. Once the user has installed the app, it is visible when viewing ScienceDirect articles and detects the terms using relevant life-science ontologies and synonyms.

Clicking on the terms takes the user to the DistilBio site that displays all the connections available for the term. The results are derived from many publicly available data sources such as Uniprot, Drugbank, PharmGKB, OMIM, CTD, Chembl, Chemspider, IntAct, MINT and Gene Ontology and presented as a set of connections.

Let us look at a paper and see how this app works. On opening the full text of a paper, the DistilBio terms is displayed  list of the terms detected in the paper and categorized into pathway, genes, proteins, drugs, diseases, compounds and organisms. The terms are also highlighted as clickable links in the text of the article.

Clicking on any of the terms displays the connections available for the particular term. Clicking on Breast Cancer in the above example displays the results as below.

Clicking on the name (as shown in red) takes the user to the DistilBio site where the user can explore further.

A disclaimer is that the context of some of the results shown may differ from what is refered to in the article. The user will have to use their discretion while viewing the results.

To install the app, follow the instructions below:

  1. To get started you will need to have an account on Elsevier’s Science Direct.  If you already do, please login at ScienceDirect and move on to the next step. If you don’t have an account you can create an account for free at ScienceDirect (click on Register on the top right of the page).
  2. Now open the “DistilBio Terms” app page and click on “Add Application”.
  3. Open any article on Science Direct and you will see a widget titled “DistilBio Terms” appear on the right column of the page.
  4. After the widget has loaded, click on any terms on the widget to view all connections for that specific term in DistilBio.

This app is best viewed in Firefox 3.4+ or Chrome 10.1+.

We would love to get your feedback on the app and if you found it useful.

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