Paving the way for some exhilarating changes
If you logged into Ligand Express® the past few weeks, you may have noticed that things seem a little bit different. Everything is in their right spot, but things feel slightly modified. Don’t worry, you are not going crazy. The subtle changes you may have noticed stem from our revamp of Ligand Express’s infrastructure, which will allows us to bring innovation to the platform faster than ever. Of course, we couldn’t help sprinkling in some small enhancements for our users benefit, including a platform tour for new users, improved pagination, and new interactivity for applying boolean filters. More details on the changes below.
In order to get new users (and old users who may need a friendly reminder) up and running in no time, we have implemented a startup tour. This tour highlights important features within Ligand Express, enabling you to begin experimenting quickly.
If you are a Ligand Express veteran, dismiss the tour by clicking “Skip Tour”. Or, if you want a quick refresher, start up the tour at anytime by clicking on your username in the top right and selecting “Tour” from the drop down menu.
We are very grateful for your feedback and have implemented your request for the ability to view more putative binder results. In order to accommodate the additional results, we have revamped the pagination system. Click through pages of results one at a time, or skip to the end (or back to the beginning), or select a particular page to view.
Interactivity for Boolean Logic
An important component of Ligand Express is its Systems Biology data, which has been seamlessly incorporated into our platform. Putative ligand-protein interactions are readily filtered against biological data like biological processes or diseases. Our users make complex queries where control over the boolean logic of applied filters is paramount. This release saw an improvement of the boolean logic system, allowing rapid application of logical operators like AND, OR and NOT to refine lists to those of immediate biological relevance.
Click and drag on terms to place them to specify order of operations, enabling more complex queries. Need to change that “AND” to an “OR”? Simply click on the operator to change its meaning. Do you want all elements that are “NOT” related to that filter term? Easy, just click on the term to switch it to the “NOT” set (the term will also change color to pink). Want to temporarily remove the term? Click one more time to turn it off entirely, click once more to turn it back on altogether.
Done with a particular set of queries? Clear one query by clicking on the “x” next to the filter name. Trash all queries by clicking on the trash can next to the query string.
Behind the scenes Cyclica scientists have been hard at work putting together the pieces needed to build out some exciting innovations. Keep an eye out for over the next couple months as we bring improved filtering, additional systems biology data, and the incorporation of genetic variants. I look forward to writing about these new tools in the upcoming months, so please stay tuned!
Are you a fan of the changes made to Ligand Express? All feedback is greatly appreciated! We would love to hear from you, please send any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.