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