The Connectivity Map(or CMap) is a catalog of gene-expression data collected from human cells treated with chemical compounds and genetic reagents. Computational methods to reduce the number of necessary genomic measurements along with streamlined methodologies enable the current effort to significantly increase the size of the CMap database and along with it, our potential to connect human diseases with the genes that underlie them and the drugs that treat them.
The NIH has funded a large expansion of the Connectivity Map dataset through the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures (LINCS). The Broad Institute’s LINCS center aims to create a first installment of data generation and analysis for the LINCS program. Through these data LINCS intends to accelerate the discovery process by systematically revealing connections between genes/compounds discovered in screens and molecular pathways that underlie disease states.