In a database issue paper published online in advance this week, members of the FlyBase Consortium discuss the basics of navigating their Web resource. "We review the FlyBase Web site with novice and less-experienced users … in mind and point out recent developments stemming from the availability of genome-wide data from the modENCODE project," the authors write.

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