FlyMine workshop

FlyMine is running a joint workshop with FlyBase in Cambridge (free of charge). For more information and to sign up see here


Release 8.2

In release 8.2 we have added new ways to link to FlyMine, optional organism constraints to many templates and changed the publication widget on the list analysis page to show statistical enrichment.

Link to FlyMine

In response to requests from other sites you can now link directly to FlyMine list analysis pages with any list of identifiers. List analysis pages show graphs, tables and statistical enrichment for properties of a list – e.g. gene expression, protein domains, publications and pathways. You can also link into FlyMine with, for example, a protein identifier and request to see the corresponding gene report page. See this document to find out how to create links.

Publication Enrichment

The publication widget on the gene list analysis page now shows statistical enrichment of related publications. This is a great way to find the most relevant publications for a given gene list and may help you interpret the list. Gene/publication relationships are loaded fromPubMed.

Optional organism constraints

Many templates now have an optional constraint on organism to make it easier to use these templates with gene symbols.

Other changes

  • FIX – template form layouts have been improved.
  • FIX – totals are now displayed correctly in the FlyAtlas widget on list analysis pages.
  • FIX – wildcards now work in quick search again (e.g. you can search for ‘zen*’).
  • FIX – Lists/Templates pages are now correctly reset if text is removed from filter box.
  • FIX – logging out on some pages gave an error message, this is fixed.

Release 8.1

In release 8.1 of FlyMine we have made some major changes to the layout of FlyMine. This has been done in response to feedback from users and to make the most exciting parts of FlyMine more obvious. We have also added public lists and a new help system.

New Layout

A new header provides tabs for easy access to the major areas of the site. The Templates and Lists tabs link to new search pages that show all templates/lists and update as you type keyword search terms. You can also restrict by data category and, if you are logged in, restrict to your favourites or own saved data. The search bar in the header is a quick way to search identifiers and now also templates and lists.

The updated home page layout introduces the main concepts – Data categories, Templates, Lists and the QueryBuilder. There is also space for us to highlight new or interesting templates and public lists.


In response to user feedback we have renamed some elements of the FlyMine interface to make them more obvious. ‘Bags’ are now called ‘Lists’, ‘Aspects’ are now ‘Data categories’. We also refer now refer to Report pages instead of the computer speak: Object details pages and a List analysis page instead of a Bag details page. Hopefully it won’t cause confusion for too long.

Public Lists

Another major development is the introduction of public lists. These are lists that we create and make available for everyone to use, typically they will be derived from a publication. In this release we have added public lists based on FlyAtlas expression in the adult fly tissues and FlyTF transcription factor lists. Click on an example on the home page to see a list analysis page with graphs, tables, statistical enrichment and the results of templates run for the list. We can add new public lists at any time, please contact us if you have a suggestion.

List Analysis Widgets

We have added two new ‘widgets’ to the analysis page for a list of genes. These show statistical enrichment of InterPro protein domains within a list of genes and the publications that reference the most genes from the list (data from PubMed). We will continue to add to the list analysis page in every release, so let us know if you have any suggestions.

Help System

A new context sensitive help system has replaced the FlyMine manual. On every page there is a ‘?’ icon to the top right, click this to get help with the current page and find out what you could do next. The help should now be briefer and more readable.

Other Changes

  • Results page
    • FIX – column summaries sometimes gave misleading results when counting unique rows.
    • FIX – the total number of rows and unique rows in summaries now update correctly in Safari.
  • MyMine
    • FIX – colons are now allowed in list/template names.
    • FIX – occasional issues with creation dates of templates/lists are fixed.
  • Report page
    • NEW – the bottom of each report page shows any lists (public or saved) that contain the object.
    • NEW – template descriptions are now included when inline tables are open.
  • QueryBuilder
    • FIX – some issues with the view list and sort order on Internet Explorer are fixed.
    • FIX – when using LOOKUP constraints can now convert wildcards that match an incorrect type – e.g. convert EVE_DROME* (a protein identifier) to a gene.
    • FIX – LOOKUP constraints and list upload now accept names that contain spaces – e.g. ‘even skipped’ for the eve gene.
    • FIX – sort order is now remembered for saved queries, doesn’t get reset when removing elements from view list.

Release 8.0

In release 8.0 we have updated the data model for protein interactions, protein structure and orthologues to make them easier and faster to query. We also include three new data sets: Tiffin (predicted regulatory motifs), anoEST (A. gambiae EST clusters) and predicted 3-D protein structures for A. gambiae domains. A new type of constraint is used in template queries which now allows you to enter any identifier or symbol.

  • Data
    • NEW – D. melanogaster predicted regulatory motifs and functional sites (motif instances) from the Tiffin database. Note these have been mapped to the release 5.0 genome sequence.
    • NEW – A. gambiae EST and EST clusters from the Imperial College London Centre for Bioinformatics.
    • NEW – A. gambiae protein domain 3-D structure predictions from Kenji Mizuguchi. This data provides structure predictions for regions of A. gambiae proteins that correspond to a Pfam domain.
    • NEW – H. sapiens and M. musculus protein information included from UniProt, we already include InParanoid orthologues to these organisms.
  • User Interface
    • NEW – LOOKUP constraints. Most template queries are now updated to use a new type of constraint. Now you don’t need to enter a specific type of identifier – for example for the D. melanogaster gene zen you could enter ‘zen’, ‘CG1046’, ‘FBgn0004053’ or ‘zerknullt’ and get the same result. You could even enter a protein and or transcript identifier and it would find the gene.

FlyMine workshop

We are running a half day workshop on using FlyMine in Cambridge UK on June 20th. This is part of a joint workshop with FlyBase, half a day will be devoted to each. The workshop is free of charge, for more information and to sign up see here.

InterMine and modENCODE

InterMine will be used as a major component of the Data Coordination Centre for the $57m modENCODE project; G. Micklem has been awarded two posts for four years to apply the technology developed in the FlyMine project to the dissemination of data produced as part of the $57m US NIH modENCODE project ( This programme will generate an unprecedented amount of data about functional elements in the genomes of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.

Release 7.1

Release 7.1 includes a number of new user interface features. Results of queries can be ordered by a selected column and results tables have a new summary button which brings up statistics on the values in that column. Many template queries now have more descriptive column titles in results tables.

  • User Interface
    • NEW – Column summaries in results tables. Each column of a results table now has a summary icon, clicking this will bring up a box with more information about data in the column. For numerical data it will show the minimum value, maximum value, mean and standard deviation. For text it will display the number of unique values and the most commonly occurring values with their frequency.
    • NEW – Sorting query results. The QueryBuilder allows you to select an element from the output to sort results by. A sort button lets you choose ascending or descending order, for example to display results with the highest confidence score or most recent publication first.
    • NEW – Results column titles. Many template queries are now configured to have more descriptive column headings in results tables. The full path can be seen by hovering the mouse pointer over the description.
    • NEW – Chromosome distribution viewer. The gene details page for D. melanogaster and A. gambiae now includes a chromosome distribution viewer. This shows how many genes from the bag are found on each chromosome, click on a bar to see a list of the genes. The graph also shows an expected number of genes for each chromosome based on the distribution of all genes between chromosomes and the size of the bag.
    • NEW – Accurate counts on the results page. The results page used to show only an approximate number of rows returned from a query (unless the ‘Last’ link was clicked). The estimate is now updated to give an accurate ‘Total rows’ figure once it has been calculated.
    • UPDATE – The trail (e.g. Query -> Results -> Gene -> Protein) is now more complete to allow easy navigation back to recently viewed queries, results, object details or bag pages.
    • FIX – Performance has been improved when saving and viewing large bags of objects.
    • FIX – Renaming bags now works correctly.
    • FIX – Missing export options from results pages have been fixed. Genome features can be exported as FASTA or GFF3, protein interactions can be exported in Cytoscape SIF format.
    • FIX – Sequences from Translation objects can now be exported as FASTA.
    • FIX – Some minor issues with display on Internet Explorer have been fixed..
  • Tools
    • FIX – TFModules from REDfly are now shown in GBrowse and have a GBrowse image on their details pages.
  • Known issues
    • There are currently no known problems with release 7.1.