Autworks: a cross-disease network biology application for Autism and related disorders
1 The Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
2 Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 02115, USA
BMC Medical Genomics 2012, 5:56 doi:10.1186/1755-8794-5-56Published: 28 November 2012
The genetic etiology of autism is heterogeneous. Multiple disorders share genotypic and phenotypic traits with autism. Network based cross-disorder analysis can aid in the understanding and characterization of the molecular pathology of autism, but there are few tools that enable us to conduct cross-disorder analysis and to visualize the results.
We have designed Autworks as a web portal to bring together gene interaction and gene-disease association data on autism to enable network construction, visualization, network comparisons with numerous other related neurological conditions and disorders. Users may examine the structure of gene interactions within a set of disorder-associated genes, compare networks of disorder/disease genes with those of other disorders/diseases, and upload their own sets for comparative analysis.
Autworks is a web application that provides an easy-to-use resource for researchers of varied backgrounds to analyze the autism gene network structure within and between disorders.