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What can CellFinder do for me?
We envisage CellFinder to provide you with new insights how biological cells interact both, in vitro and in vivo in tissues and organs, on numerous levels by taking a holistic cellomics approach. This combination of molecular biological data (gene/protein expression) with information on cellular (pluripotency, differentiation potential, cell-cell interaction) and anatomical levels (tissue organisation, pathologies) will provide new clues how a certain cell type might be transformed safely and efficiently into a therapeutically relevant one. Cell biological data will be complemented with information on banking, procurement, cultivation and clinical application.
What is new?
CellFinder for the first time combines existing ontologies to create a semantic network of species, organs, anatomical entities, tissues, cells and expression products/metabolites together with associated processes and interactions to curate data, information and knowledge on biological cells in a developmental context. This network can ultimately be queried automatically to test a certain hypothesis. Furthermore CellFinder will provide access to its databases on a long-term basis to facilitate the broadest possible re-use of research results by the scientific community.
How do I use CellFinder?
All data and information in CellFinder can be accessed by two principle routes, i.e. text-based search and graphical browsing. Whilst text-based searches will guide the user more quickly to the desired result graphical browsing along the developmental tree or by means of the body browser will offer a more general approach to the desired data or information, possibly by way of alternative routes.
How can I contribute to CellFinder?
It is one of our central aims to develop CellFinder into the most comprehensive cell-centred knowledge bases for the Regenerative Medicine community. On its way there and like all databases CellFinder will only be as good and as appealing to you, the user, as it capable to offer attractive contents and useful functionalities. Our initial foci will be on curation and presentation of gene expression data within a cell-developmental context for which a rich corpus of information already exists in numerous publicly and freely available resources. An important aspect of data curation is the validation of extracted information and knowledge. We are calling on you – the community – to share the effort either by providing validated data sets or by helping us to validate data that has come out of our data curation pipeline. Suitable tools for the latter will be hosted on CellFinder in due course.