CONTEXTS is a collection of Flex components specially designed to provide information about biological entities. Using these components is possible to build rich interfaces that retrieve and integrate information from several biological repositories. CONTEXTS is an open-source project, contributions are welcomed.


CONTEXTS goal is to provide users with building blocks to create friendly interfaces that integrate information from several biological resources.

CONTEXTS components are small widgets, written in ActionScript language, which provide annotations about different biological entities and processes. Most of the components can be used separately just embedding a small code snippet in any web page however it’s must interesting to combine them to create rich web clients that integrate all the information.

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Available Resources

CONTEXTS retrieves information via web services from several biological databases and analysis tools like:

  • Biomart
  • Biomodels
  • Ensembl
  • Entrez
  • Gene Ontology
  • iHOP
  • KEGG
  • Pfam
  • Registry of Standard Biological Parts
  • String
  • UniProt
  • Whatizit


Source code is freely available for download.
Checkout the last version from the SVN