Quick Look: Navigating Entity Types, Entity Lineage, and Connections Between Entities in LabKey Biologics
One of our key goals when developing LabKey Biologics was to make it as easy as possible to find, view, and navigate between different biological entities.
Connected Data for a More Intelligent Search
With this goal in mind, developing an intelligent search engine that allowed users to search based on entity ID, aliases, organisms or even sequences was essential. We also focused on building connections that would make it easy for users to navigate from sequences to plasmids to cell lines, while presenting relevant assay and experiment data at each step. In LabKey Biologics, users can look at a specific protein sequence, and see all the molecules, samples, and assay data connected to that sequence.
Exposing these relationships required building a querying engine that could track many, many generations of sample derivation in order to support the data generated during biologic development processes. For example, the extensive processing a transformed cell line undergoes in order to manufacture and purify an antibody target.
Designing for Flexibility
In working with our pharma & biotech partners, we learned that although there are many common elements and terms used to describe biological entities, it’s essential that teams have the ability to customize entity structure and categorization to meet their needs. To provide that flexibility, we designed LabKey Biologics using a consistent visual language to help simplify navigation of these complex relationships with advanced customization options for defining entities and entity relationships.