The biobar project is a bioinformatics power-browsing toolbar for Mozilla-based browsers including Firefox and Netscape 7+. This toolbar provides access to all major biological data resources. The primary advantage of this tool is that it allows a biologist to browse and retrieve data from Genomic, Proteomic, Functional, Literature, Taxonomic, Structural, Plant and Animal-specific databases. In addition to the browsing features, biobar also provides links to important bioinformatics sites and services including services at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ). The tool also provides links to major data deposition sites for nucleotide, protein and 3D-structure data. Finally, the menu also contains links to many Sequence, Structure alignment and analysis tools.
The latest release (Version 1.2.3) of biobar provides browsing access to 34 different biological databases (listed here).
The latest inclusions are aMAZE and KEGG. In addition, new search terms have been added to BioCyc plus links to STRAP and TRUST analysis tools from the main menu. An options menu allows customization of the databases (setting up defaults, choosing which group/s of databases to see, adding NCBI Library LinkOuts etc).
If you have downloaded and used biobar, I would appreciate your comment on how you found the toolbar. Please leave a comment at Mozilla update
Biobar is an extension of the MSDbar project. Note: Please unintall MSDbar before installing biobar. MSDbar may be uninstalled from the dropdown menu item (Uninstall) if jslib has been installed. You can install jslib here
This project is under development and any comments/suggestions are welcome. Please write to