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Meet team 1: Reflect


Team members:
Sean I. O'Donoghue - EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Lars Jensen - EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Evangelos Pafilis- EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Heiko Horn
- EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Michael Kuhn
- EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Nigel Brown
- EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Reinhard Schneider
- EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

Project Title: Reflect: Automated Annotation of Scientific Terms
Project Website:


Most of us interested in the life sciences regularly comes across names of genes, proteins, or small molecules that we would like to know more about. To make this process easier, our team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have developed a new, free service called Reflect ( that can be installed as a plug-in to Firefox or Internet Explorer.

With just one mouse-click, Reflect can tag gene, protein, or small molecule names to any web page, usually within a few seconds, without affecting the page layout. Clicking on a tagged item opens a popup showing a concise summary of important features, such as sequence (for proteins) or 2D structure (for small molecules). The popup also allows navigation to commonly used source databases (e.g., Uniprot).

A publication describing the Reflect infrastructure is in final stages of review. Reflect is very much a work in progress - We designed it to be an extendible platform, and plan to add further entity types, including eventually beyond the life sciences. We welcome collaboration proposals for adding further entity types. In addition, we welcome proposals from publishers and data providers interested in programmatic access to Reflect.



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