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ready VGNC Gene Symbols, Gene Names and IDs

Abbreviation: VGNC

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The VGNC 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.

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Publications 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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HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee
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.

Vertebrate Gene Nomenclature Committee
The Vertebrate Gene Nomenclature Committee (VGNC) is an extension of the established HGNC (HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee) project that names human genes. VGNC is responsible for assigning standardized names to genes in vertebrate species that currently lack a nomenclature committee. The VGNC also coordinates with the 6 existing vertebrate nomenclature committees, MGNC (mouse), RGNC (rat), CGNC (chicken), AGNC (Anole green lizard), XNC (Xenopus frog) and ZNC (zebrafish), to ensure genes are named in line with their human homologs.

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

  • U24HG003345 (National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Bethesda, MD, USA)