Summary: Methods to automatically integrate sequence information with physical and genetic maps are scarce. The Locus Lookup tool enables researchers to define windows of genomic sequence likely to contain loci of interest where only genetic or physical mapping associations are reported. Using the Locus Lookup tool, researchers will be able to locate specific genes more efficiently that will ultimately help them develop a better maize plant. With the availability of the well-documented source code, the tool can be easily adapted to other biological systems.
Availability: The Locus Lookup tool is available on the web at http://maizegdb.org/cgi-bin/locus_lookup.cgi. It is implemented in PHP, Oracle and Apache, with all major browsers supported. Source code is freely available for download at http://ftp.maizegdb.org/open_source/locus_lookup/.