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Genomix of Oak Ridge, Tenn., has released a reference catalog of human genes as part of its new GenePool data product. GenePool combines the human reference gene set with gene catalogs of 30 other microbial and model organisms to provide a summary of information related to each gene.

The human gene set was constructed using multiple gene finding methods including GrailExp 4.0, the company’s analysis tool for locating and modeling genes in human and eukaryotic DNA. The company also used proprietary consensus gene building methods that combine predictions and extend partial genes in draft human sequence. GenePool is provided to customers as a subscription information resource that is updated monthly and as new genomes become available.

The Weizmann Institute of Rehovot, Israel, has released GeneCards database, version 2.18, which includes 19,159 genes and 36 gene clusters, and links to a number of other complementary information sources. For its 19,000 genes, 11,688 of them have symbols approved by the Human Genome Organization’s gene nomenclature committee. It has links to the University of California, Santa Cruz draft assembly EST map and to EuGene (Genomic Information for Eukaryotic Organisms) for more details on similar genes in other organisms.

The Weizmann database also has GenBank accession numbers for mouse homologs, chromosomal location according to OMIM, UDB, and LocusLink. There is also a new GeneCards mirror site in Spain at the National Center for Oncology Research.

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