GeneStoryTeller: a mobile app for quick and comprehensive information retrieval of human genes

Stergiani V. Eleftheriou, Marilena M. Bourdakou, Emmanouil I. Athanasiadis, George M. Spyrou
2015 Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation  
Citation details: Eleftheriou,S., Bourdakou,M., Athanasiadis,E. et al. GeneStoryTeller: a mobile app for quick and comprehensive information retrieval of human genes. Abstract In the last few years, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of everyday life, due to their software/hardware rapid development, as well as the increased portability they offer. Nevertheless, up to now, only few Apps have been developed in the field of bioinformatics, capable to
more » ... m fast and robust access to services. We have developed the GeneStoryTeller, a mobile application for Android platforms, where users are able to instantly retrieve information regarding any recorded human gene, derived from eight publicly available databases, as a summary story. Complementary information regarding gene-drugs interactions, functional annotation and disease associations for each selected gene is also provided in the gene story. The most challenging part during the development of the GeneStoryTeller was to keep balance between storing data locally within the app and obtaining the updated content dynamically via a network connection. This was accomplished with the implementation of an administrative site where data are curated and synchronized with the application requiring a minimum human intervention.
doi:10.1093/database/bav048 pmid:26055097 pmcid:PMC4460399 fatcat:j2iyqpovhbcsfk3egknh4xryhu