A team from Germany and China outlines updates to the Online Gene Essentiality, or OGEE, in the second version of the database. In addition to fleshing out essential, non-essential, and conditionally essential gene data gleaned from experiments, text mining, and genetic interactions for new species, the researchers have now included information on essential genes in 16 cancer cell line datasets corresponding with nine cancer types.

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