Monthly Archives: November 2012

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VFB disruptions – now resolved

Our users might have experienced disruption to the website query facilities last night. This was caused by changes to the server configuration.

Additionally, there was a problem with the Janelia data whereby not all of the relevant query results were shown for the term “adult mushroom body”.

Both problems have now been resolved and the functionality on the site is fully restored.

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Janelia GAL4 line expression queries now live

We are happy to announce the integration of GAL4 line expression patterns from HHMI Janelia farm into VFB.  Query results for transgene expression in any major neuropil now include results from the Rubin lab collection at Janelia farm.

Each result includes a thumbnail image linked to the appropriate page on the Janelia Farm FlyLight site and a link to the relevant transgene page on FlyBase where you can find molecular details, phenotypes and links to stocks.

For example, from the VFB page for nodulus, choose the transgene expression query from the menu, as shown below.

transgene expression query menu

The results include 56 Janelia GAL4 lines.

In the near future, we plan to host full size, registered image stacks for most or all of these GAL4 lines as extra layers in our stack browser. This will allow users to compare multiple registered images on the same stack to look for regions of overlap.

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New website release 2012/11/12

We are excited to announce the release of a new version of  Virtual Fly Brain with some important new functionality.

We have implemented a new query menu in the term info panel on the “Adult Brain Stack” and “Anatomy/Neuron Finder” pages. The menu is always visible once a term is chosen. This provides easy access to term-related queries and eliminates the need to access the queries with an inconspicuous right mouse click. These changes also enable queries to be accessed by smart phone users.

We have also changed the colour of the text on the webpages to improve readability.

This release also includes the recent developments mentioned in the last post, namely the searches for neuropil tracts, nerves and bundles and the new updated autocomplete mechanism, so that our pages load much faster now.

We’ll have new updates soon, keep checking the blog and the website!

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