Frequently Asked Questions
1. What terms can I search for?
iBioGuide connects several databases and their annotated contents. As such, iBioGuide will perform best if you use life-science terms such as genes, diseases, biological process, etc.
2. How much does it cost?
iBioGuide is 100% free. We don’t even ask you for your email address.
3. Can I filter my results?
Yes. Results are delivered in a global sense, but can quickly be narrowed to a specific domain by clicking one of the filters at the top of the page or selecting a specific organism.
4. Can I reach for sets of genes?
We’re working on it. In an upcoming release we will add gene set enrichment analysis capabilities.
5. Can I save my search results?
Yes. Just record or save the url. You can share the url as needed. Search history, unfortunately, is not savable at this time.
6. Do you support other organisms beyond Human, Mouse, or Rat?
Not specifically. Gene ontologies are not organism specific and are applicable to all organisms. If you have a specific organism you would like to see us support, please let us know.
7. What databases do you use and how often do you update them?
We use a variety of public and semi-public databases, like NCBI, KEGG, among others. These databases are updated at the same time as the databases in iPathwayGuide.
8. How is iBioGuide different from iPathwayGuide?
iBioGuide is meant to allow users to browse relationships between various biological entities and concepts. iPathwayGuide is designed to identify which entitles and systems are impacted in the context of experimental data.
9. Can I save the pathway images with my annotated miRNAs, Drugs, or genes?
iBioGuide is not have this capability. If you need to save an image, we encourage you to use a screenshot.
10. What is the difference between a ‘Parent” and a ‘Child’ in the GO structure?
A “Parent’ term will be a more generalized term for that ontology domain. A “Child” term will be a more specific form of the currently selected term.