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ready HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee


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The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) is responsible for approving unique symbols, names and IDs for human loci, including protein coding genes, ncRNA genes and pseudogenes, to allow unambiguous scientific communication. The HGNC database is the resource for approved human gene nomenclature and is accessed via the website The website displays a page for every named gene and includes curated nomenclature information (including approved, previous and alias gene names and symbols). The website also displays manually curated gene group pages, the HCOP orthology tool and multi-symbol checker, and links to many other resources.


Countries that developed this resource United Kingdom

Created in 1979

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How to cite this record HGNC; HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee; DOI:; Last edited: March 2, 2020, 6:53 p.m.; Last accessed: Jan 27 2022 9:18 a.m.

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The HGNC Database in 2008: a resource for the human genome.

Bruford EA., Lush MJ., Wright MW., Sneddon TP., Povey S., Birney E.,
Nucleic Acids Res. 2008

View Paper (PubMed) the HGNC resources in 2015.

Gray KA,Yates B,Seal RL,Wright MW,Bruford EA
Nucleic Acids Res 2014

View Paper (PubMed) View Publication the HGNC resources in 2013.

Gray KA,Daugherty LC,Gordon SM,Seal RL,Wright MW,Bruford EA
Nucleic Acids Res 2012

View Paper (PubMed) View Publication the HGNC resources in 2011.

Seal RL,Gordon SM,Lush MJ,Wright MW,Bruford EA
Nucleic Acids Res 2010

View Paper (PubMed) View Publication the HGNC and VGNC resources in 2017.

Yates B,Braschi B,Gray KA,Seal RL,Tweedie S,Bruford EA
Nucleic Acids Res 2016

View Paper (PubMed) View Publication the HGNC and VGNC resources in 2019.

Braschi B,Denny P,Gray K,Jones T,Seal R,Tweedie S,Yates B,Bruford E
Nucleic Acids Res 2018

View Paper (PubMed) View Publication

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  • 099129/Z/12/Z (The Wellcome Trust, UK)

  • U41HG003345 (National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Bethesda, MD, USA)