Friday, April 1, 2016

It’s no April Fool’s joke: we’ve rolled out big improvements to the T2D Knowledge Portal today

The first thing you’ll see when you visit our home page is that it has a fresh new look. We’ve refined our mission statement and clarified the other text, and added a “What’s new” section featuring our latest news items. There are also new links to sign up for our email list (more on that below) and to see our Twitter feed.

Another major change is that we’ve redesigned the interface to our Variant Finder tool to make it much more user-friendly.  We even gave it a shorter name that's easier to remember! This tool lets you build simple or complex queries to retrieve sets of variants that meet your custom criteria. You can specify association with any of 25 phenotypes, significance, genomic location, effect on the encoded protein, and much more. For some extra help with this tool, we’ve created a tutorial (download PDF) that leads you step by step through the interface.

Finally, we’re reaching out to you, the Portal user, in a variety of ways. If you sign up for email updates, we’ll notify you when new features and new data are added. You can also follow us on Twitter, and join our LinkedIn group where you can ask questions about the Portal or suggest new features. And as always, you can contact us anytime at - no fooling!

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