Harvard:Biophysics 101/2007/Project in Progress

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  • ATTENTION: Everyone needs to post their code to one place. Let's say everyone post a link from here that works to their code and then I'll be able to combine it all. --Katie Fifer
  • Could someone who typed this up today please add the other sections that are being worked on? --TChan, 12:47 20 March 2007
  • The following is from the information that Zach typed up in class (Located here) --Hetmann,

5:32 20 March 2007

  • Editted to add some of my own notes and to reflect some semblance of order.. --Cchi 10:00, 22 March 2007 (EDT)


  • Katie
  • PM / encourage documentation

Sequence to BLAST SNP to rs#

Update: a script from BLAST SNP to OMIM is now working in its entirety; see here --wuxiaodi 22:25, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

  • Zach, Mike, and Tiffany

BioPython Modification

Accessing BLAST SNP using URLAPI

Info from BioPython (via Zach)

  • It looks like that if you know the name of the database (here "snp/human_9606/human_9606"), then you can run for example

from Bio.Blast import NCBIWWW result_handle = NCBIWWW.qblast("blastn", "snp/human_9606/human_9606", seq) and then parse the results as usual (see section 3.4 in the Biopython tutorial).

--smd 18:05, 22 March 2007 (EDT)


  • Xiaodi - completed? Yup: here
  • rs -> OMIM XML parse -> phenotype text


Controlled Vocabulary for parsing OMIM records

  • Masseroli et al.: "Our efforts to derive from the OMIM entries a controlled vocabulary of phenotype locations and descriptions enabled us to normalize and structure the valuable OMIM phenotypic data according to the obtained vocabulary and make them suitable for computational use. Although detailed phenotype descriptions could be further homogenized and standardized, their subdivision in hierarchical levels of detail that we performed allows to group specific phenotypes according to their common general traits, without loosing their specific characteristics. So, for example "Mental retardation, moderate" and "Mental retardation, nonspecific" can be both generally considered as "Mental retardation" and at the same time they can be treated as different types of mental defects. This provides the chance to modulate analysis granularity when searching for phenotypic traits shared among multiple diseases or genotypes. It also ensures more significant and clear results when categorical statistical analyses are performed at lower granularity levels of detail. Such interesting feature, proper of the hierarchical structure and hence belonging also to the defined phenotype location hierarchy, is exploited in the new GFINDer Genetic Disorders modules implemented for the study of genetic disorder related genes."
  • http://promoter.bioing.polimi.it/gfinder/Phenotypes.txt
  • http://promoter.bioing.polimi.it/gfinder/Phenotype_Locations.txt

smd 13:19, 22 March 2007 (EDT)

Beyond OMIM

  • Tiffany, Resmi, Deniz, Xiaodi, Mike, Chris (note: ask if API exists)
  • Wikipedia (Mike) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/API
  • Webmd (Tiff)
  • Emedicine (Resmi)
  • Google, Medstory. (Deniz)
    • Google, Part 1: latest news for our OMIM phrases, explanation
  • Linking out of XML (Xiaodi)
  • MedStory (Mike?)
  • Pubmed (Chris)
  • Downloading OMIM, extra functionalities, Eutils (Deniz)

Multiple SNPs

  • Chris, Deniz
  • figure out with of multiple SNPs are relevant



  1. not in SNP db... then what? - I'd like to point out new efforts that aim to replace OMIM, called the "Human Variome Project" -- Deniz
  3. systematically nonsyn. -> mutation not in OMIM or dbSNP?
  4. other dbs: genecard (spec. conservation, pop. freq)
  5. looking into linking gene expression w/ GEO?