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ready HGNC Gene Symbols, Gene Names and IDs

Abbreviation: HGNC

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The HGNC approves both a short-form abbreviation known as a gene symbol, and also a longer and more descriptive name. Each symbol is unique and the committee ensures that each gene is only given one approved gene symbol. This allows for clear and unambiguous reference to genes in scientific communications, and facilitates electronic data retrieval from databases and publications.


Countries that developed this resource United Kingdom

Created in 1979

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International system for human gene nomenclature (1979) ISGN (1979).

Shows TB,Alper CA,Bootsma D,Dorf M,Douglas T,Huisman T,Kit S,Klinger HP,Kozak C,Lalley PA,Lindsley D,McAlpine PJ,McDougall JK,Meera Khan P,Meisler M,Morton NE,Opitz JM,Partridge CW,Payne R,Roderick TH,Rubinstein P,Ruddle FH,Shaw M,Spranger JW,Weiss K
Cytogenet Cell Genet 1979

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

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  • 208349/Z/17/Z (The Wellcome Trust, UK)

  • U24HG003345 (National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH, United States)