GTR: Homepage and Basic Search Functions

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GTR: Homepage and Basic Search Functions


This video provides an overview of the home
page for the NIH’s Genetic Testing Registry (GTR), and also demonstrates some handy search
tips. A separate video specifically addresses how to quickly find tests in GTR. Starting on the homepage, I’ll first point
out that no matter where you are on the GTR website, clicking the logo brings you back
to this page. Your primary activity on this page is to search for information. By default,
entering a search term here will search all of GTR, but you can restrict your searches
by these categories. Selecting a tab displays suggested types of
search terms for that category, and often provides a faster path to your results. For
those of you interested in pharmacogenetic terms, try the Conditions/Phenotypes tab.
As GTR grows and contains more drug response data, searching for such terms under Conditions/Phenotypes
could save you time. Here’s another example under Conditions/Phenotypes.
I’ll type the word, learning, and, ignoring the choice provided, I’ll click the Search
button. This full search provides a short differential of conditions containing the
term ‘learning’ somewhere in the descriptions. Notice that, while there are many more than
19 genetic conditions with the word ‘learning’, GTR shows by default those conditions with
available tests.  You can select other features here, such as OMIM records or GeneReviews,
or the full set of 34. I want to point out that you don’t have to
search from the hompage. This drop-down menu and search box have the same search range
as the homepage, except for GeneReviews, which is part of NCBI’s Books database. To demonstrate
a GeneReviews search, I’ll go back to the homepage and search for reviews about the
condition, Ehlers-Danlos. Typing Ehlers retrieves 20 records, today,
that have ‘Ehlers’ in the title or text of the record. You can also search GeneReviews
with other terms, such as author names. And just to be clear about all searches, if
I type the term Ehlers, selecting one of the suggestions would take me directly to that
record, however, using the Search button would retrieve a list of all records that contain
the search term. I’ll now go back and focus on features of
the home page. The left side of the page has information specific to GTR, such as help
documentation, background on the GTR, how to submit tests, and the Code of Conduct. On the right you’ll find Clinical Resources
such as OMIM, several ways to locate a genetics professional, consumer resources, and a few
of NCBI’s molecular resources. I’ll end with few words about how you can
provide feedback to the GTR. We’ve developed a structured feedback form that you can complete
very quickly. Your input will help us to make the GTR a true community effort. Thank you.

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