Augmented annotation and orthologue analysis for Oryctolagus cuniculus: Better Bunny

Douglas B. Craig, Sujatha Kannan, Alan A. Dombkowski

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


Background: The rabbit is an important model organism used in a wide range of biomedical research. However, the rabbit genome is still sparsely annotated, thus prohibiting extensive functional analysis of gene sets derived from whole-genome experiments. We developed a web-based application that provides augmented annotation and orthologue analysis for rabbit genes. Importantly, the application allows comprehensive functional analysis through the use of orthologous relationships.Results: Using data extracted from several public bioinformatics repositories we created Better Bunny, a database and query tool that extensively augments the available functional annotation for rabbit genes. Using the complete set of target genes from a commercial rabbit gene expression microarray as our benchmark, we are able to obtain functional information for 88 % of the genes on the microarray. Previously, functional information was available for fewer than 10 % of the rabbit genes.Conclusions: We have developed a freely available, web-accessible bioinformatics tool that enables investigators to quickly and easily perform extensive functional analysis of rabbit genes ( The software application fills a critical void for a wide range of biomedical research that relies on the rabbit model and requires characterization of biological function for large sets of genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number84
JournalBMC Bioinformatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 8 2012


  • Annotation
  • Functional analysis
  • Genome
  • Microarray
  • Orthologue
  • Rabbit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Augmented annotation and orthologue analysis for Oryctolagus cuniculus: Better Bunny'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this