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GeneBins: a database for classifying gene expression data, with application to plant genome arrays

Nicolas Goffard and Georg Weiller*

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research and Bioinformatics Laboratory, Genomic Interactions Group, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, GPO Box 475, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

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BMC Bioinformatics 2007, 8:87  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-8-87

Published: 12 March 2007



To interpret microarray experiments, several ontological analysis tools have been developed. However, current tools are limited to specific organisms.


We developed a bioinformatics system to assign the probe set sequences of any organism to a hierarchical functional classification modelled on KEGG ontology. The GeneBins database currently supports the functional classification of expression data from four Affymetrix arrays; Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa, Glycine max and Medicago truncatula. An online analysis tool to identify relevant functions is also provided.


GeneBins provides resources to interpret gene expression results from microarray experiments. It is available at webcite