Keynote Speaker - Vincent VanBuren

Assistant Professor
Texas A & M HSC College of Medicine

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New Computational Tools for Investigating the Systems Biology of Heart Development

Abstract: Prevention and treatment of congenital cardiovascular defects in the much-anticipated future of personalized medicine will rely on efforts to characterize the systems biology of heart development. We have previously developed a tool that identifies small correlation networks around a gene of interest from publicly available mouse microarray data. This tool, StarNet (, uses a "guilt by association" approach to identify groups of genes that are putatively enriched for genes that have a biological interaction with a gene of interest. We have more recently developed a new Web-based interface to a database of known interactions. The database draws known interaction networks from multiple provided gene IDs, and can draw multi-species networks of genes grouped by Homologene IDs. The database has an additional interface for user submissions of interactions. As such, this new interaction database supports all organisms. There is a documented review of submissions, but all submissions go live immediately with a status of 'submitted'. This new resource currently contains interaction data for 20 organisms, including human, chimpanzee, mouse, rat, and dog, with a total of 319418 entries.

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